Kissing the bricks, a NASCAR-Indy tradition

July 22, 2013, Staff report,

The Brickyard brings out the best busses in both Sprint Cup and Nationwide

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prepares for the 20th running of the Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard powered by, its drivers and teams make plans to pucker up with the yard of bricks at the start/finish line of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Since crew chief Todd Parrott and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett’s first kiss in 1996, winners of the Cup race and now the NASCAR Nationwide Series event have planted their lips on the track.

Here’s a sampling of smooches through the years:

Crew chief Todd Parrott and Dale Jarrett began the brick-kissing tradition in 1996.

Joe Gibbs, crew chief Jimmy Makar and Bobby Labonte and crew kiss the bricks in 2000.

Jeff Gordon kisses the bricks following his third Brickyard 400 win in 2001.

Awesome Bill Elliott enjoys an awesome thrill by kissing the bricks in 2002 at the Brickyard.

Kevin Harvick kisses the bricks with his Richard Childress Racing teammates in 2003.

Jeff Gordon not only kisses the bricks in 2004, he becomes the first four-time NASCAR winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In addition to kissing the yard of bricks, Indiana native Tony Stewart kisses the trophy brick.

Jimmie Johnson and team owner Rick Hendrick enjoy the sweet taste of Brickyard success by kissing the bricks in 2006.

Tony Stewart puckers up for a second time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway following his 2007 Brickyard 400 triumph.

Jimmie Johnson and Rick Hendrick kiss the bricks together again in 2008 at the Brickyard.

Jimmie Johnson and team perform the first back-to-back brick-kiss in 2009 following his Brickyard 400 win.

Jamie McMurray kisses the bricks following his 2010 Brickyard 400 triumph.

Paul Menard celebrates his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 2011.

Brad Keselowski makes history by kissing the bricks following the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012.

Jimmie Johnson and his daughter, Genevieve Marie, kiss the bricks following his 2012 Brickyard 400 win.