Tony Stewart will retire after the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Take a look back on the 10 greatest races of the three-time champion's legendary career.
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10. Talladega, fall 2008
Prior to the October 2008 race at Talladega Superspeedway, Stewart had finished second an incredible six times at the 2.66-mile, high-banked track without going to Victory Lane. But all changed that weekend in the fall of '08 when NASCAR declared Stewart the winner after unheralded Regan Smith went below the yellow line -- NASCAR's version of 'out of bounds' -- to pass the Joe Gibbs Racing driver to the checkered flag. This would be Stewart's final win with JGR, the company where he spent 10 years and won his first two Sprint Cup championships.
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9. Bristol night race, August 2001
Stewart owns just one win in 32 starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, but at least he checked off the .533-mile, high-banked oval earlier rather than later by scoring a coveted win in the prestigious night race at 'Thunder Valley' in August 2001.
8. Daytona, July 2009
From 2005-12, Tony Stewart rolled up an amazing four wins in the summer classic at The World Center of Racing. The third of those victories came in dramatic fashion -- with Stewart and Kyle Busch making contact while battling for the lead in the final turn. While Busch's No. 18 Toyota slammed the wall, Stewart drove on to victory.
7. Richmond, September 1999
Making his 25th start in NASCAR's top series, Stewart took his Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway for his first career Cup win. And he did it in dominant fashion, too, leading 333 of 400 laps and leaving little doubt he had a bright future in the sport.
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6. Brickyard 400, July 2007
Backing up his first Brickyard 400 win from two years earlier at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a place where he dreamed of racing as a kid, the native Hoosier passed Kevin Harvick late to capture his second victory in NASCAR's second biggest race.
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5. Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, May 2001
Doing the Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 double for the second time in three years, Stewart came home sixth at Indy, flew to Charlotte, and finished third in the 600 -- NASCAR's longest race. Total on-track mileage for the day: 1,100 miles.
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4. Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, May 2009
So it wasn't a points race, but Tony Stewart's victory and $1 million dollar payday in the 2009 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was his first victory as a co-owner/driver for Stewart-Haas Racing and solidified in the minds of virtually everyone that his decision to leave Joe Gibbs Racing to become a co-owner and driver for the newly formed SHR wasn't a bad one.
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3. Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, May 1999
Attempting to pull off the rare Indy 500/Coke 600 double for the first time, Stewart made it happen -- but not without coming away completely exhausted. After finishing ninth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he jetted to Charlotte Motor Speedway where he came home an impressive fourth. But Stewart paid a terrible price physically. He got sick in his Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac at one point and when the grueling 600-mile Cup race concluded, he pulled up to the gas pumps behind pit road and collapsed in his car before getting a helping hand from Dale Earnhardt, who memorably asked the then-rookie driver, 'Have you had enough yet?'
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2. Brickyard 400, August 2005
After numerous attempts to win at Indianapolis on the NASCAR side and IndyCar side, Stewart was finally able to kiss the bricks in his home state. It was an emotional win for the driver who grew up in Columbus, Indiana, and always dreamed of winning at the world-famous track.
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1. Homestead, November 2011
Completing what still stands as the most impressive championship drive since the formation of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Stewart overcame adversity in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to score his fifth win in 10 Chase races by holding off championship nemesis Carl Edwards at the finish. The two drivers finished the year with the same number of points, but Stewart was declared champion by virtue of having five wins on the season to Edwards' one.