Tony Stewart looking forward to the Brickyard

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Story by Emily Barker

The Brickyard 400 is just 16 days away and Tony Stewart is already getting excited for the race. He thinks the event is continuing to grow among the drivers and it is one of the more important races to win on the circuit.

“I think just the history of the place, you know when I started 15 years ago it was a big event to everybody but I think it has grown that much more and the importance of winning here is a lot larger to the teams and drivers,” Stewart said. “This is not just an average stop on the schedule anymore. This is a marquee event that they want to win at.”

Aside from running in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart involved in dirt track racing on his off-days despite some controversy from the series.

“I love driving race cars, and there has been a lot of controversy lately of whether drivers should do that, you have to live your life, you can’t live to try to protect yourself, you gotta live it once and have fun with what you are doing so I’m not going to sit there and not do things because I am worried about getting hurt, I am going to go race and enjoy myself and you know it was great to see so many people come out to the fair in Columbus this past week and people that don’t get a chance to go see us run NASCAR races can come out afford a ticket at the fair and see us race in front of them there so it was a lot of fun. I got to see people that I haven’t raced with in years and that is a big deal to me, to support that style of racing because that is how I got my opportunity.”

The Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard  takes place July 25-28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Grand-AM Road Racing and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all getting in on the action. The 2013 Brickyard 400 will run on Sunday, July 28.

“For our whole organization (Stewart-Haas Racing) this is a big weekend…Ryan Newman is from here, I’m from hear and Danica Patrick is very close to here in Illinois so for all of us this is a big home race,” Stewart said.