“It’s a Cool Feeling” – Tony Stewart on Winning the Inaugural SRX Championship

Published 07/25/2021, 8:53 AM EDT
PHOENIX – NOVEMBER 5: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet, looks on before his qualifying run for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 on November 5, 2004 at the Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)


Last weekend, Tony Stewart had the honor of winning the inaugural SRX championship. This is the series that he helped conceive, so it is poetic to see him win the maiden season.

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It is worth mentioning that nearly a year ago, the series began as a mere thought. Now the Superstar Racing Experience has wrapped up its six-race season and in a blockbuster fashion.

Speaking after the finale, Stewart said, “That’s awesome! Back when IROC was still going on, I was fortunate enough to win the last IROC championship. So to win the last IROC championship and first SRX championship, it’s a cool feeling.

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“This is one of these nights where being the fastest guy isn’t going to win you the race. The guy who figures out how to save their tyres, is going to win you the deal.”

Where did Tony Stewart finish in the race?

At the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, the SRX series held its season finale. Unfortunately, it was not quite a clean sweep, as Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves won the heat races. Meanwhile, Chase Elliott won the Feature race, ahead of Stewart and his own father, Bill Elliott.

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HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 on November 19, 2005 at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

All throughout the three races, Tony Stewart was consistently in the Top 5. In the final race, 2nd place was enough for him to secure the championship.

In other words, Chase Elliott may have won the battle, but Tony Stewart won the war. Aside from this little venture, Stewart is also keeping an eye on his Stewart-Haas Racing Cup Series team.

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Speaking of which, Aric Almirola gave them something to smile about when he won at New Hampshire. Truthfully speaking, the race was halted with eight laps left, but Almirola was in fine form at the track. Suffice to say, Tony Stewart must have been thrilled to see his driver reach Victory Lane.

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