Tony Stewart is set to compete in just one 410-cubic inch sprint car race in his home state of Indiana this year.
The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion announced Tuesday he will drive in the May 19 Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions event at Kokomo Speedway. The track is located about 65 miles north of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event, Stewart’s first at the track with the series he owns, is the only winged sprint car race that is held at the 1/4-mile clay oval.
The Columbus, Indiana, native has competed on the track previously in World of Outlaws, midgets and non-winged sprint cars.
Earlier this year, Stewart backed out of a Feb. 11 All-Star event at Bubba Racepark in Ocala, Florida. In a statement, Tony Stewart Racing said Stewart backed out because “requirements of owning and managing the series supersede his own driving ambitions.”
“I’m really looking forward to being part of a great night in Kokomo,” Stewart said in a press release. “Racing on Friday night is a tradition in Indiana. When I was growing up, we spent the weekends chasing races at dirt-track races Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And for the event to be in May, it just makes it that much more special. I raced there a few years ago with the World of Outlaws and the races were some of the best they had all season. The Arctic Cat All-Stars have a talented group of guys racing with them and I’m sure it’s going to be a great show. Hopefully, we can be part of something special and give all the Indiana fans something to be really proud of.”
Stewart has not released a schedule of the roughly 80 races he will compete in this year. He is set to race at the Texas Motor Speedway’s dirt track April 7-8.