#TBT: Tony Stewart wins first Sprint Cup race at Richmond

It was 1999 and Tony Stewart was just a rookie in what was then known as the Winston Cup Series. During the Fall race at Richmond, Stewart pulled out his first victory at any level in just his 25th Cup start.

Though he had never won a race, it was clear that Stewart would drive to Victory Lane on that night if he just kept a clean car. Leading 333 of 400 laps, no driver was able to catch the No. 20 machine en route to his first of now 48 checkered flags in the premier series.

Today, Stewart is a three-time champion and the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, which already has two championships. With Kevin Harvick at the top of the points standings, the 43-year-old driver-owner continues to find success in NASCAR.

With the lights shining bright and Smoke behind the wheel, this Saturday might finally be the event where marbles fly from the No. 14 car following the race.

 

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