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Tony Stewart had plenty of classic interviews during his time as a full-time NASCAR driver, but he once called this interview following a 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway “the greatest of all time.”

After finishing 24th at the Alabama track, Stewart gave a perfectly deadpan interview, lamenting the fact that there weren’t more wrecks during the race. Of course, if you know anything about Smoke, you know that he was 100% joking.

“I’m just sorry we couldn’t crash more cars today. We didn’t fill the quota for Talladega and NASCAR,” Stewart joked, adding, “If we haven’t crashed at least 50% of the field by the end of the race, we need to extend the race until we crash at least 50% of the cars. It’s not fair to these fans to not see any more wrecks than that, any more torn-up cars. I mean, we still had over half the cars running at the end, and it shouldn’t be that way.”

Several years following the Talladega interview, Stewart looked back fondly on the moment during a sit-down with USA Today.

“I had to look at it a couple times this week myself, just to remind myself how good of a job I did on that one,” said Stewart, ahead of what would be his final race at Talladega in 2016.

“It was the greatest of all time, I have to admit.”

Classic Tony!

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2012 Aaron’s 499 Race Results

1. Brad Keselowski — Penske Racing — No. 2 Dodge

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2. Kyle Busch — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 18 Toyota

3. Matt Kenseth — Roush Fenway Racing — No. 17 Ford

4. Kasey Kahne — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 5 Chevrolet

5. Greg Biffle — Roush Fenway Racing — No. 16 Ford

6. Clint Bowyer — Michael Waltrip Racing — No. 15 Toyota

7. David Ragan — Front Row Motorsports — No. 34 Ford

8. Trevor Bayne — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Ford

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 88 Chevrolet

10. Jeff Burton — Richard Childress Racing — No. 31 Chevrolet

11. Jamie McMurray — Earnhardt Ganassi Racing — No. 1 Chevrolet

12. Aric Almirola — Richard Petty Motorsports — No. 43 Ford

13. David Gilliland — Front Row Motorsports — No. 38 Ford

14. Marcos Ambrose — Richard Petty Motorsports — No. 9 Ford

15. A. J. Allmendinger — Penske Racing — No. 22 Dodge

16. Travis Kvapil — BK Racing — No. 93 Toyota

17. Paul Menard — Richard Childress Racing — No. 27 Chevrolet

18. Casey Mears — Germain Racing — No. 13 Ford

19. Michael Waltrip — Michael Waltrip Racing — No. 55 Toyota

20. Kurt Busch — Phoenix Racing — No. 51 Chevrolet

21. Bobby Labonte — JTG Daugherty Racing — No. 47 Toyota

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22. David Reutimann — Tommy Baldwin Racing — No. 10 Chevrolet

23. Denny Hamlin — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 11 Toyota

24. Tony Stewart — Stewart-Haas Racing — No. 14 Chevrolet

25. Kevin Harvick — Richard Childress Racing — No. 29 Chevrolet

26. Joey Logano — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 20 Toyota

27. Robert Richardson Jr. — R3 Motorsports — No. 23 Toyota

28. Martin Truex, Jr. — Michael Waltrip Racing — No. 56 Toyota

29. Terry Labonte — FAS Lane Racing — No. 32 Ford

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30. Dave Blaney — Tommy Baldwin Racing — No. 36 Chevrolet

31. Carl Edwards — Roush Fenway Racing — No. 99 Ford

32. Juan Pablo Montoya — Earnhardt Ganassi Racing — No. 42 Chevrolet

33. Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet

34. Landon Cassill — BK Racing — No. 83 Toyota

35. Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 48 Chevrolet

36. Ryan Newman — Stewart-Haas Racing — No. 39 Chevrolet

37. Bill Elliott — NEMCO Motorsports — No. 97 Toyota

38. Tony Raines — Circle Sport — No. 33 Chevrolet

39. David Stremme — Inception Motorsports — No. 30 Toyota

40. Regan Smith — Furniture Row Racing — No. 78 Chevrolet

41. Joe Nemechek — NEMCO Motorsports — No. 87 Toyota

42. Josh Wise — Front Row Motorsports — No. 26 Ford

43. Michael McDowell — Phil Parsons Racing — No. 98 Ford

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