Tony Stewart Sat Down for Interview – Confirms Homestead as Final NASCAR Cup Series Race
It’s official, Tony Stewart confirms final race as Homestead-Miami Speedway. This Sunday the driver will enter his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.
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Support from fellow NASCAR drivers has likely gone un-answered because Tony Stewart doesn’t have a phone. As if this week wasn’t sad enough for the 49 time NASCAR race winner. A brave soul, has stolen Tony Stewart’s phone, directly from his pocket. He used the Find-My-iPhone app to track the thief, but came up short.
It has long been assumed this weekend will be his final race. However, in the world of sports ‘retirement’ doesn’t always mean retirment. The same could be said in this case. He’s not retiring from racing, just the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
This is it. This is the last one. I think I learned my lesson from Jeff Gordon.
Tony has previously stated he will be racing dirt in 2017. If you follow him on Instagram you’ll see regular photos of dirt car chassis. He’s been building project dirt cars that will be raced by the NASCAR championship, next year.
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Read the Tony Stewart interview below. Ahead of his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.
Q) HAS ANYTHING GOTTEN TO YOU SO FAR THIS WEEK?
Stewart: “I guess I will get to that, but the first part you said kind of struck a nerve because somebody reached out and touched me yesterday and stole my cell phone out of my pocket. I was like ‘well that kind of brought it right back to my mind.’
Yeah, it’s been a hell of a start to the weekend to get your phone stolen. That was probably the biggest thing that was disappointing last night when I realized my phone was stolen was the fact that I was in the process of answering text messages from people. I got a flood of text messages yesterday and I think I’m going to have a phone by tomorrow.
So, I’m sure when I turn it on it’s going to be absolutely crazy when I turn it back on. It’s been neat. People I haven’t talked to for a long time, people that are friends that I haven’t seen or heard of from a long time reached out this week and it’s been pretty cool. Nothing in particular really struck a nerve, but it’s just the overall support from everybody was really awesome.”
Q) DO YOU HAVE ANY DESIRE TO GET BACK IN A CUP CAR FOR ANY REASON AFTER THIS SEASON? WOULD YOU FILL IN FOR ONE OF YOUR DRIVERS?
Stewart: “No, I’m good. This is it. This is the last one. I think I learned my lesson from Jeff Gordon. Jeff tried to do somebody a favor this year and got roped into running half the season (laughs). Thank you Jeff for teaching me a lesson before I got roped into it.
So, no, I’m not planning on that at all. We are going to be busy. In all honesty and I don’t have a schedule set next year, but I just know the things that I’m planning, my schedule next year is going to be much busier than it already is this year. There is just not going to be room for it.”
Q) WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU LOST YOUR CELL PHONE? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Stewart: “My girlfriend and I, we were actually on our way Wednesday night to Miami in a hotel we were staying at there because we had the owners meeting yesterday. We saw some carnival deal, so we stopped and it was about the close, but we went back to it last night on our way back to here.
We were just getting ready to leave and I realized it wasn’t in my pocket. I had her phone, my phone and a couple of other things I was holding for her. When I was checking to see where it was at it was not there anymore. We had bumped into some people right before that and I’m fairly certain that is when it decided it went a different direction, but it was kind of fun because they have that Find My iPhone app.
We went chasing people forever trying to find it. Until we realized they were in the parking lot and they got in the car and they were gone. I hit block on it and deleted it and now I’ve got to get a new phone, which is devastating because I do everything off of my cell phone. My life is on that cell phone, so I start my life over tomorrow (laughs).”