A playful Tony Stewart spent an hour at a ticket window at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday, and some fans left with more than they expected.
Many came wearing gear from his Home Depot race team and bearing photographs, posters and other things they hoped to get signed, and Stewart put the squeeze on them.
“You need to buy some tickets,” he told one of the first people in line, who said she already had purchased race tickets but had come purely to get him to sign a photo.
“OK,” he told her, grabbing his pen. “I better see you at the race.”
Another fan wearing a Home Depot jacket said he was, indeed, there to buy tickets from his favorite driver.
“Where would you like them?” Stewart asked.
“Section LL, so I can see you lead the field to green,” he replied. “And if I could, I’d also like to buy some pit passes.”
“We don’t have any of those, unfortunately,” he was told.
“Dang! I’ve never been down there,” he said.
“I’ve never been in section LL,” Stewart told him.