When we think retirement we think of someone slowing down. No longer hounded by the day-to-day grind of their chosen profession. Retirement means the individual will work less, right? Wrong! Wrong if you are Tony Stewart, a man who recently retired from NASCAR but somehow found himself scheduled for 71 races in 2017.
“I wish I would have finished a little better,” Stewart said regarding his final season in NASCAR. “But I’m looking forward to all the stuff we’re going to do this year — late model racing, sprint car racing. I’m building a three-quarter midget to run a couple of fair races this year.
I’m going to run a lot of different things at a lot of different places. There are some tracks that I’ve never been to that I’m going to get a chance to go to on our schedule. We’re up to 71 races, and I’m guessing we’re going to get another 10 to 15 more races on the schedule before it’s all said and done.”
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Yup, that is a potential of 86 races in 2017 for Mr. Stewart. If you gave me the means I’d retire tomorrow and race as much as humanly possible, that my dear friends is the dream. The question remains, why retire? Clearly the passion for racing still burns in Stewart so why call it a career? Personally I think Stewart had enough of the spotlight that comes with being in NASCAR. He wanted to do his own thing on a much smaller scale. A scale where he can enjoy himself without having to bow to mega sponsors. Tony enjoys the small time charm of the nation’s dirt tracks, he even owns a few. Now that he’s done with NASCAR he felt it was time to get back in touch with his roots.