MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Tony Stewart has made his living and had his fun driving all sorts of race cars. Stewart makes no apologizes for his love of dirt track racing and sprint car racing in particular.
Stewart recently sat down with SPEED SPORT’s Ralph Sheheen in an exclusive interview taped at Eldora Speedway that will air in two episodes of “SPEED SPORT Magazine” on MAVTV beginning Thursday (Aug. 7) at 8 p.m.
Stewart first gained national attention racing non-winged sprint cars and midgets and didn’t become a successful winged sprint car races until recent years.
“I’ve won a couple races here and there in them,” Stewart said. “I’m not Steve Kinser or Donny Schatz or Doug Wolfgang or anything, but that’s still part of the challenge. I get to race with guys that are my heroes in these cars. And get to run with the best of the best. I find it funny because people debate about going back and running a lower division.
“Where are these people and where are these fans that call this a lower division? They have no clue what they’re talking about,” he added. “Because there is nothing lower about it. If you can go out and you can beat Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz, Daryn Pitman and Joey Saldana, if you can go beat those guys, if you can just go to Pennsylvania one weekend and beat anybody at a local track in Pennsylvania or go to the outlaws and win, you’ve done more than win a Nationwide (Series) race in my opinion. I think you’ve had to run a better race than that.”