What will Tony Stewart do when he retires from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series? He’s revealed his Post NASCAR plans
Tony Stewart post NASCAR plans are to return to his roots, more dirt track racing.
“I plan on running a lot of dirt races after the end of the season when I retire from the Cup stuff, so I would say this is on the radar,”Stewart said during a press conference Monday at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Stewart isn’t competing this week in the 2016 Chili Bowl Nationals but will help with track preparations again. He did the same thing last year. He’s not driving a midget this year but he is driving a tractor to get the track in shape at the River Spirit Expo Center at Tulsa’s Expo Square.
Chili Bowl racing starts tonight and doesn’t conclude until Saturday night. Many Chili Bowl drivers have NASCAR ties. Of those; Kasey Kahne,Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., J.J. Yeley and defending race winner Rico Abreu.
Tony Stewart is a former winner of the Chili Bowl. He won the event in 2002 and again in 2007. “The first time I won the Chili Bowl, we had already won the Triple Crown (USAC titles for sprints, midgets and Silver Crown) and won an IndyCar championship. Winning the Chili Bowl, a one-race event, was bigger than winning the IndyCar championship to me. It was much harder to win the Chili Bowl. Everybody wants this trophy. It’s just a special deal.”
“It is the dirt track race of the year. I don’t care what series, what track, this is the place to be. It’s the only time all year you’re going to get this many quality cars and drivers and teams to come to one event and race.”
Tony Stewart has deep ties to dirt racing. Beyond, cars and teams he also owns the famed Eldora Speedway.
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