The Cold Hard Truth: On Sports

Say It Isn’t So, “Smoke”

Say It Isn’t So, “Smoke”

BY Chris Stevens

@CtsRacing78 

Rumors have been swirling in the recent weeks and months about the 3 time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart announcing his retirement at the end of the 2016 season. Sources close to the situation say that Stewart will finish next season and turn the wheel of the number 14 Chevrolet over to Clint Bowyer. Bowyer recently received news that Michael Waltrip Racing will be closing its doors and that he was out of a job at the end of the 2015 season. This sets Bowyer up to go to the HScott Motorsports team for 2016 as a one year deal leaving other dominoes to fall. The team said that would only field 2 cars next year and that they were close to signing Michael Annet in the 46 car and that leaves the 51 car in question with Justin Allgiaer’s future in limbo.

Tony Stewart’s retirement comes at a time when the wins have become few and far between and even the most die­hard fan asking just how much can one man take. Aside from owning the four car juggernaut of Stewart­Hass racing in the Sprint Cup Series he also owns several sprint car teams and the famed Eldora Speedway. Tony’s last win came at Dover in 2013 and that was followed by a very serious leg injury from racing a sprint car which could have ended his career.

Stewart returned but has struggled in NASCAR’s premier series. His team won the Championship and a slew of races with driver Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch has put his SHR Chevy in victory lane several times but the performance just hasn’t been there for the 14 team. The major factor in this writer’s opinion that weighs on Stewart’s mind is the incident he was involved in that took the life of sprint racer Kevin Ward. Stewart has not been the same since the incident which has taken a turn for the worse with a wrongful death lawsuit being turned over to the Federal Court. Stewart just recently found out that his insurance would not cover the incident. 2016 will mark the end of Stewart’s full-­time competition and we the fans wish him the best. Tony Stewart is a racer…a racer never quits, and a racer never fully retires. I would not be surprised to see Stewart on the track again when he gets his drive back and the turmoil settles.

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Say It Isn’t So, “Smoke”
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Say It Isn’t So, “Smoke”

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