Tony Stewart arrived 22nd at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, this finish was a mere footnote that became the end to a two-decade career full of controversy and championships. Stewart off with a final memento: Jimmie Johnson gave him his helmet moments after he won his seventh NASCAR championship.

This gesture was the absolute sign of respect towards Stewart, the ultimate pure driver.

“This is most likely the greatest honor you can ever have as a driver, to get a helmet from guy that just won his seventh championship,” Stewart said.

Before, Stewart sounded at peace heading into his final NASCAR race:

“Guys, it was one hell of a ride for 18 years,” said Tony Stewart over the radio. “Let’s go out here and have another good day.”

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