He said he'd be back, and now it's official.
Stewart—who just joined Twitter earlier this month—broke the news himself on Tuesday morning:
While Stewart is well known for his triumphs in NASCAR, he has been a versatile driver throughout his illustrious career. Along with driving in the Sprint Cup series, Stewart has also competed in IndyCar, the National Midget Series and, of course, sprint cars.
Th 43-year-old spoke about his experience getting back into a sprint car on Twitter:
Thank you to Rusty Rush and everyone @rushtruckcenter for helping me. This was a huge day for me. 9 1/2 months since I've been in one— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) May 27, 2014
Following the initial leg injury, Stewart explained that his grueling schedule was probably too aggressive, per Tony DiZinno of NBC Sports' MotorSportsTalk:
This year was the most aggressive schedule we planned. I wouldn’t plan on 70 races again next year. I was too aggressive on number of dates. I’ll get back in one eventually, no time frame, but I will cut back the amount of races out of scheduling purposes more than anything. I was starting to feel tired. The Truck race (at Eldora) was a lot of stress. I’m definitely going to cut back quite a bit.
After hearing the news of Stewart's return to testing a sprint car, Jeff Gluck of USA Today notes his thoughts:
But it should be taken as a good sign that he's feeling well enough to get back in a sprint car again. It's unclear when he might race one, though -- Monday's session at an unspecified location was "only a private test," according a tweet from Eddie Jarvis, Stewart's business manager.
Will Stewart make the Chase in 2014?
The announcement to return to sprint cars comes shortly after a 13th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600. While his Stewart-Haas Racing team has been struggling to stay on the track this season, he has two drivers with wins and a Sprint Cup contender in Kevin Harvick.
As for Stewart, the NASCAR champion is currently sitting at 22nd in the standings. With hopes to make the Chase with Harvick and Kurt Busch, Stewart might be biting off more than he can chew yet again following the leg injury last year if he indeed competes in races in the sprint car.
After seeing his fellow driver Busch fail to complete the Memorial Day double over the weekend, Stewart still stands as the only racer to finish all 1,100 miles. If anyone can take on the challenge, it's Smoke.
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