Tony Stewart was victorious Sunday night in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions race at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania.
Stewart claimed his first win of the season in the sprint car series he’s owned since 2015 and his third series win overall.
He took the lead on Lap 18 of the 30-lap feature.
The three-time Cup champion won over Cale Conley, Lance Dewease and Paul McMahan.
Kyle Larson also competed in the race and led the first two laps before a mechanical failure ended his night. He finished 23rd.
Kyle Larson scored his second Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Sprint Speedweek win in three nights. Larson won at Wayne County Speedway on Monday. Andrew Palker was second.
The victory is Larson’s eighth in the All Star Circuit of Champions.
Xfinity driver Christopher Bell was fifth Monday. Kasey Kahne placed 17th. Tony Stewart finished 24th in the 26-car field.
Larson won at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night.
Ohio Speedweek continues Tuesday at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.
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.
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Tony Stewart finished 17th Thursday night in the season-opening Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series race at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.
The race marked the first of what Stewart has said would be about 80 races he’ll run this year since he’s no longer driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He’s not released a full schedule and had not announced where he’d make his return. A team spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports that Stewart is scheduled to race with the series Friday and Saturday at Bubba Raceway Park.
Stewart explained last month his reasoning for being coy about his schedule.
“I think we’re just going to drop in for a while now,” Stewart said. “I like it on the nights that fans know we’re going because we get to see fans passionate about what we did on the Cup side, but at the same time, it makes it more hectic in the pit area to do our job, and right now, I just want to get back to driving the race cars again.
“We need to keep it simple for a while before we let everyone know where we’re going.”
Stewart started on the pole in his heat race and finished sixth Thursday. He started second and finished second in the B feature, advancing to the A feature. He started 20th in that race.
Stewart’s teammate, Donny Schatz won the A feature.
Stewart, who owns the series for 410 winged sprint cars, wasn’t the only driver with NASCAR experience in the event. Rico Abreu, who competed in the Camping World Truck Series last year, was 11th.
The race also marked the first time Stewart has competed in a sprint car since August 9, 2014, when his car struck Kevin Ward Jr. during an Empire Super Sprint Series race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. Ward died from the injuries he suffered. Stewart was cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury, but a lawsuit brought by Ward’s family remains in the court system. A mediation deadline was recently extended to April 21.
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