Racer drops helmet and purchases his hometown dirt track
Shane Stewart is a dirt sprint car driver that was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The driver has won over 100 dirt sprint car races throughout his career.
In recent years, Stewart has been bouncing between a range of sprint car teams. For 2020, the Sides Motorsports driver collected two World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wins in his 32 starts.
Now, the driver has elected for retirement from the driving portion of his career. The 44-year-old has partnered with his former car owner to purchase his hometown dirt track.
Port City Raceway is a 1/5-mile dirt oval in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The track was built in 1974.
Shane Stewart announces retirement from racing
“2020 was a tough year for many, including myself and my family,” Shane Stewart opened on a social media message just moments ago.
“However, I feel extremely blessed and thankful for both the opportunities I have had through my 37 years of racing and all of the people and sponsors I have met along the way, including this past year.”
“With that said, I will be hanging up my helmet in 2021 as I have partnered with my longtime friend and former car owner, Kevin Rudeen, to take ownership of Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”
“I would just like to thank all of my fans and sponsors over the years for their continued support as I switch roles from driver to track owner.”
Stewart concluded, “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and excited to give back to the sport that has given so much to myself and my family”
Port City Raceway owner announcement
The track issued the following statement today:
“With the New Year brings new ownership and management to Port City Raceway. Bixby, Oklahoma native Shane Stewart has acquired the facilities and looks forward to the future of micro racing in Tulsa.”
“While Stewart has taken ownership, the Ross and Eubanks families will still be heavily involved with the day to day and race day operations to ensure a successful transition for the Stewart Family.”
Stewart said, “I felt like it was a huge opportunity for a few reasons. One, it was a way for me to give back to racing. Two, it was a way for me to move my family back to Oklahoma and still be a part of the racing scene. Three, Port City is a staple in the micro scene and I feel like I can grow that.”
Kevin Rudeen stated, “I’m proud to be partners with Shane Stewart. This is a way I can give back to racing to keep young people in the sport and help the sport grow.”
“Shane is a great fit for the track. He has the same passion as we do for racing & the racers.” Said Mike Eubanks, he went on to say, “We feel he will take it to the next level.”
Stewart concluded, “The major thing this year will be learning how things work on a nightly basis. Going from driving to being a promoter is going to be a huge change for me, but one that I am excited to learn. If things work out the way I hope they do I plan on adding a new event here and there to the schedule and see how things go. The track has a strong following now and I hope that Jenn and I can grow that.”