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“For Him to Have Thought That Much…”- Tony Stewart Reveals the Incredible Gesture by “Great Guy” Carl Edwards Despite Their NASCAR Rivalry

Published 01/12/2023, 12:00 PM EST

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NASCAR fans love all the casual conversations and insider stories with the biggest names in the motorsport industry. Any chance for unfiltered and unscripted interviews is a treat for them. One such interview that aired recently with the NASCAR Veteran Tony Stewart on YouTube has fans’ attention. 

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Award-winning broadcaster Ken Stout and motorsport enthusiast Rico Elmore host a show called ‘The Skinny Racing Podcast’ on the YouTube channel ‘Fatheadz TV.’ The podcast covers everything from IndyCar, NASCAR, Sprint Car, and life in general to behind-the-scenes adventures from motorsport legends to rising stars and everyone. They have a very witty, humorous, yet knowledgeable approach while having a conversation with their guests.

Tony Stewart was real and genuine on the podcast


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Recently, one podcast premiered on the channel had NASCAR Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart as a guest. The close to a one-hour conversation with Tony was a treat for many NASCAR fans. The man has a total of 62 NASCAR race wins to his name. Diving into a conversation with Ken and Rico, Tony recalled one of the moments when he beat Carl Edwards for the Cup title by winning the 2011 season finale. While Tony humorously accepted that he forced Edwards to take his retirement later as he beat him up in the race, Rico believed the mind-tricked Carl all the way.

Tony really appreciated Carl for the helmet he gave him. In the interview, he said, “I got a brand new helmet for every race in the 2016 season and different paint jobs on them all different things that represented things that I was passionate about, and so I traded 24 helmets with 24 of the cup drivers that year and the helmet that Carl Edwards traded me at the end of the year was the helmet from 2011 at Homestead.”


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Stewart continued, “He still had that helmet and went back and found that helmet and that’s the helmet that he gave me so that’s one of my favorite helmets just because of the meaning and I have a lot of respect for Carl Edwards because he’s a great person and for him to have thought that much and put that much thought into what helmet he wanted to trade with me was pretty cool.

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Tony Stewart’s interest in NHRA


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Three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart made his NHRA drag racing debut last year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Hall of Famer Stewart runs his own NHRA team as well as co-owning Stewart-Haas Racing. Taking up drag racing was out of the box, more fun, and challenging for Stewart in different ways. The kind of person he is, it was time for him to experiment with something new. Especially with all the skills and experience he has.

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He is a man who believes in becoming a master of whatever he gets into. He has tried a variety of different things since his retirement. NHRA is just one more addition to his long list of experiments. Stewart has achieved it all from NASCAR to Sprint Cars, and also starting a series of his own. While most people would find it difficult, Stewart’s journey is very interesting. He also believes that the NHRA has a lot more to offer to the fans from real-time experience in the race. It is more exhilarating and fun for the fans. 


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If the fans go by what Tony Stewart feels about the NHRA, it indeed makes sense for them to experience it at least once to make their fair judgment. 



Tanvvi Anand

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Tanvvi is a NASCAR writer at Essentially Sports. After completing her Graduation degree in Psychology from St. Xavier's college, she pursued a career in the media & entertainment industry.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare