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December 1, 2016

A.J. Foyt surprises Stewart at After The Lap

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Tony Stewart has long admired A.J. Foyt and that admiration was on display during NASCAR’s After The Lap program Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Stewart was was holding court on stage with the 15 other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and hosts Rutledge Wood and Guy Fieri, reminiscing and telling tales from his NASCAR racing days. Wood stopped the chatting to bring out Foyt, a seven-time victor in NASCAR’s premier series and four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

“This is the baddest man on the planet right here,” Stewart said of Foyt.

Foyt sat next to Stewart and the two told a handful of stories — in a playful back-and-forth banter — while the rest of the drivers listened on.

Stewart described when he knew he was a fan of Foyt.

“I knew this was my guy the year he was at the Indy 500 and got out of his car and started beating on the right front suspension with a hammer,” Stewart said.

“And then had the (expletive) to get back in it and drive it. I was like, ‘That’s my horse right there.’ “

Foyt also shared with the group what he told Stewart when he was first starting out.

“The only thing I told Tony when he first started, was, ‘Don’t act like I do because I acted like a fool many times,’ ” Foyt said.

“How do you think that worked out?” Stewart quipped back.

Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, ended his NASCAR career after the 2016 season.