On the last day of last year’s NASCAR season on Nov. 20, 2016, fans united in jubilation as Jimmie Johnson took home his seventh championship.

But, there was also sadness over the last race for NASCAR great Tony Stewart, who entered retirement shortly after the conclusion of the spine-tingling race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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“I’ve been looking forward to this day,” Tony told shortly after getting out of the car for the final time. “If I was never coming to a NASCAR race again I would feel much different and be a lot more emotional. But I’m going to be in Daytona in I don’t know how many more weeks from now … I’ll be there just in a different capacity. I’ve been ready to make a change and that starts now.”

While fans certainly look forward to all that the future holds for Tony, they also mourn the loss of the driver that he was.

One of those fans is Kid Rock.

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So, Kid Rock did what he does best and put together a video package as a tribute to “Smoke” to the tune of his 2000 song “American Bad Ass.”

“From the moment he could walk, he drove,” Kid Rock narrated on the video package that ran just before the race about Tony, who he referred to as “a man of many layers – generous, gritty and courageous. The only thing Tony Stewart was bad at was losing. He had fire and people loved him for it.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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