In The Rearview: 20 Years Since ‘Smoke’s’ First Title

On this day 20 years ago, the 2002 Ford 400 was run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart won three races that season and was runner-up to Jeff Gordon in the standings. Stewart won the pole for the Brickyard 400, but after leading 43 laps, he finished 12th. Just to have the opportunity to race at Indy was a dream,” Stewart said. We were in our fourth year at that point,” Stewart said. “I don’t know whether it was car whether it was me, but we didn’t perform well,” Stewart said. We went down there for the race, it was like we didn’t even test at all. “It was cool, not only with Zippy, but just all those guys, because the entire team had been together for four years,” Stewart said. “The thing that it did do for me was I felt like I was part of a unique fraternity of being a Cup champion,” Stewart said.

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