In 1992, Jeff Gordon’s career was just getting started as Richard Petty took his final lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Thanks to Tony Stewart, 24 years later, NASCAR fans got to see moment just as special as that one.
After Kyle Busch crossed the start/finish line to win the Brickyard 400, Stewart and Gordon continued to drive on the track to both salute the fans, and take in what is likely both drivers’ final start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Gordon came out of retirement to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., allowing fans in Indiana got to see their hometown heroes take on the legendary track one last time together.
— NASCAR on NBCSN (@NASCARonNBC) July 24, 2016
It’s hard not to tear up watching it.
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