Stewart Has A Passion For Sprint Cars

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Tony Stewart (14) races under A.J. Bruns during a MOWA Sprint Car Series event at Tri-City Speedway last month. (Mark Funderburk Photo)
Tony Stewart (14) races under A.J. Bruns during a MOWA Sprint Car Series event at Tri-City Speedway last month. (Mark Funderburk Photo)

Stewart missed most of this short-track season while continuing to recover from the broken leg he suffered last Aug. 6 at Southern Iowa Speedway. But he made a winning return to sprint car racing July 18 at Michigan’s Tri-City Motor Speedway.

Stewart said it is not the last time fans will get to see him behind the wheel of a sprint car this year.

“I have races on the schedule that I know I’m going to try to run, there’s none of them are a paid show where we’re advertising that we’re going yet,” Stewart said. “It’s more like just go when we feel like going, I’m not pressuring myself to go run a particular track. We’ve probably got about 12 or 14 more that are on there that we can fit in the rest of the year that I feel comfortable going to.

“None of them are really big. It’s just places we want to go,” he continued. “There never was a timeline on when I was going to get back into a car. I had in mind how many races I thought I wanted to run but then when it came time to look at the schedule, there’s just no way. I have less than half of the races I really wanted to run on the schedule. We picked what we could.

“I’m still trying to concentrate on my full-time job. I don’t want people to think that just because I’m racing a dirt car again that I’m forgetting what pays the bills and how important the Cup series is because it’s very important to me. Last year the schedule I had was very ambitious,” the three-time Sprint Cup champion acknowledged. “It was very busy and I started getting tired a little bit, but that didn’t have anything to do with what caused our wreck and how I got hurt last year — that was a victim of circumstances but I’m going to make sure I don’t run myself too thin, you know while I’m still getting healed.”

To see the full interview with Stewart, tune into “SPEED SPORT Magazine” Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on MAVTV.

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Mike Kerchner
Mike Kerchner is a veteran racing journalist and has been a member of the SPEED SPORT family since joining Chris Economaki at National Speed Sport News in 1991. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of SPEED SPORT Magazine.