March 3, 2013
Tony Stewart Sprint Cup Driver, Sprint Car Driver
All racecar drivers love the sport they are in, with most of them racing in more than one series. Some will race in every competition they can enter, while others will enter a select few. Most racers start at local tracks and work their way through the ranks with a dream of racing with the big boys.
Every now and then the big boys of racing jump into a racecar at local tracks.
One in particular is Tony Stewart, “Smoke,” a three-time champion of NASCAR’s top series, the Sprint Cup. During an interview for the March third NASCAR race in Phoenix, Tony revealed plans to compete in 50 or more Sprint Car events in 2013. His normal season in Sprint Cup consists of only 36 races.
He stated, “I’ve really had a lot of fun in the last couple of years in particular. We’re trying to make over 50 races this year and that’s already with a hectic Cup schedule that’s normally three days a week, so being able to go and run all those races, you gotta have a lot of passion to want to do that and it’s something we’re having a good time and enjoying doing.”
Tony not only has three championships in Sprint cup, he also holds an Indy Car Championship, four USAC championships, an IROC championship, and the first to receive the USAC Triple Crown Championship.
Stewart had two top ten finishes earlier in the year at Bubba Raceway Park during the UNOH Circuit of Champions first race of the season. The top Sprint Car series is the World of Outlaws where Tony has had two A-Main victories.
Tony will compete March 1 and 2 at the Cocopah Speedway for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour Cocopah Cup Challenge.
Tony had never been to this racetrack before and his competition director recommended he go.
“Any place I haven’t been he kind of gives the blessing on whether we should go there or not. And that was one place that he was advised about … and when we saw it was on the schedule it was a perfect opportunity for us to come over and run. It’s a great series that will be running there and a good group of guys that we’re racing with. So it made it pretty exciting for us to know that it was a good show coming up and someplace that was going to be close by that we can make.”
Tony added, “I’m excited. Something that I enjoy is going to places I haven’t been, and that’s something I’m really looking forward to. We’ve ran a lot of tracks in Arizona and always had a good following there, so it’s going to be nice for us to get a chance to come to a new place and give the fans who don’t get a chance to come out and see us very much to come out and watch us run a sprint car.”
When the Sprint cup returns to Phoenix in November, the ASCS National Tour will also be return to the Cocopah Speedway on November 8 and 9. Tony said that returning to race a Sprint Car depends on how he is doing in the Sprint Cup.
Tony has goals he wants to accomplish; one of them is to drive a top fuel dragster. He said, “I don’t necessarily want to race, but I want to learn how to drive one, I want to drive over 300 mph in one. So that’s definitely a goal before I retire.”
Tony will be running in the World of Outlaws series race at the Stockton 99 Speedway in the San Joaquin Fairgrounds on March 22, when the Sprint Cup series returns the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California.