Tony Stewart retiring?

Published: September 28, 2015

Tony Stewart retiring?, What is Tony Stewart’s legacy?
Ricky Craven discusses Tony Stewart’s legacy in NASCAR and why he has decided to retire after the 2016 season.

Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion, plans to retire after the 2016 season, team and industry sources told ESPN’s Marty Smith.

2011-12 2013-15
Wins 8 1
Top 5s 21 8
Avg. Finish 13.2 20.4
Laps Led 1,333 263

Mired in one of the worst seasons of his career at 25th in the standings, Stewart will run one final season before handing over the driving duties of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 car to Clint Bowyer in 2017, sources said.

Bowyer is driving for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2015, but that team is closing operations after the season. According to a source with knowledge of Bowyer’s plans, he will drive for HScott Motorsports in 2016.

Stewart won the Sprint Cup in 2002, 2005 and 2011. He missed out on the Chase for the Sprint Cup this year after posting zero wins and two top-10s leading up to the Chase.

Owner/Driver Wins Last
Richard Petty 58 1983
Tony Stewart 15 2013
Ricky Rudd 6 1998
Darrell Waltrip 6 1992
Alan Kulwicki 5 1992

Stewart, 45, is tied for 13th in career victories with 48.

Stewart, who has 582 career Cup starts, missed the final 15 races of the 2013 season with a broken leg suffered in a sprint car accident. He missed three races last season after the sprint car he was racing struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who had approached Stewart’s car on foot at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Motorsport.com first reported Stewart’s decision to retire.

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