Tony Stewart: “We’re not allowed to bring our tshirt trailer for you fans to World of Outlaws races so we won’t race with them this year.”
Tony Stewart had plans to race at Volusia Speedway Park on Feb 9-11. The half mile dirt oval is set to host the opening round of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Friday night.
The track is based near Daytona International Speedway. With NASCAR coming to town, many stock car racing fans were hoping to swing by the dirt track and check out Tony at the new stage in his career.
Stewart will not attend Volusia. His lack of attendance stems from a dispute regarding parking and placement of the merchandise trailer.
“If you’re around Daytona come watch us race at Volusia Speedway racing with the ASCoC tonight and tomorrow. We’ll be at Bubba Raceway Friday and Saturday. We’re not allowed to bring our tshirt trailer for you fans to World of Outlaws races so we won’t race with them this year,” Tony Stewart said via twitter.
Why can’t Tony Stewart park his merchandise trailer at the track?
“Because we aren’t a full time “driver” with the series and Brian Carter and a couple of the drivers (Daryn Pittman) say I would be taking money out of their pockets by bringing my trailer.”
For the record, I understand their point. But, at the same time Tony Stewart brings a larger crowd to the dirt track. More people at the dirt track means more people at the merchandise area. I just felt an urge to point out the basic economics.
“For all I do and spend to support the Outlaws not to mention the things behind the scenes you don’t know that happen, you’d think they’d be more appreciative. We have other tracks we can run that WILL let us bring our trailer and sell merchandise to our fans. We’ll just go there”
While he’s not a full-time driver for the series, he is a full-time owner. Tony Stewart fields a full-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series team. Donny Schatz, the defending WoO series champion, drives the #15 car fielded by Tony Stewart Racing.
Schatz will continue to run the WoO tour. As of now, it’s only Tony Stewart that has pulled his name from the entry lists of all WoO Sprint Car races.
It’s hinted that only World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regulars are allowed to brings their merchandise trailers to the vendor areas.
“I thought I was a full time guy. I guess I’ve been spending a shit load of money in this series for no reason. At some point you have to take a stand. There’s much more to the story that I can’t write. If you knew the rest you’d understand.”
Instead, Tony Stewart will be running with the All-Star Circuit of Champions in 2018. That’s a 410 Winged Sprint Car Series owned by Tony Stewart himself. Last night, the ASCoC tour ran at Bubba Raceway Park. Tonight, is round two at the Ocala, FL dirt track.
Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Dave Blaney and Rico Abreu all raced last night at Bubba Raceway Park. Schatz outran them all, winning the 30 lap main event for Tony Stewart Racing.