Stewart Will Be Leaving As He Drove: His Way
Tony Stewart said Wednesday that he would stop driving Sprint Cup cars at the end of the 2016 season simply because it was time. (RacingToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
If there’s one thing I have learned in the more than three decades that I have covered racing, it’s that drivers and crew chiefs always seem to know when it’s time to move on. Such is the case with Tony Stewart.
In Wednesday’s press conference at Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kannapolis headquarters, the 44-year-old Stewart made it quite clear that his choice to step out of the No. 14 Chevrolet at the end of the 2016 season was 100 percent his decision. Anyone who knows the headstrong Stewart would know it wouldn’t have occurred any other way.
It’s been evident ever since Stewart entered NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series in 1999 that no one tells the Indiana native what to do. He listens to what other people have to say about an issue, but he is his own person and ultimately the decision he makes is his. Granted, his attitude has resulted in some rough times for him along the way, especially with the media in the beginning of his NASCAR career. But Stewart’s passion for racing endeared him to fans and others who viewed the sport as he does. Read the full story »