INDIANAPOLIS — Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions owner and former three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart announced Tuesday that he will compete in the All Stars’ May 19 stop at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.
The Friday night Arctic Cat All-Stars presented by Ford Performance special will be the only winged sprint car race at the quarter-mile, high-banked dirt oval this year and the only 410-cubic inch sprint car race that Stewart is scheduled to contest in his home state of Indiana this year.
The Columbus native will be making his first start with All-Stars at the facility after previously racing there with the World of Outlaws and competing numerous times early in his career in both midgets and non-winged sprint cars.
For any racing driver, competing in Indiana during the month of May is special, and for Stewart, having at least one night of racing in his home state on the schedule this year was a must.
“I’m really looking forward to being part of a great night in Kokomo,” said Stewart, who will drive the TSR No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J. “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 is a previous All-Star winner, scoring his first triumph with the series at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. back in February of 2012.
He returned to sprint car racing in February with the All-Stars at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida, scoring a pair of mid-pack finishes that reportedly had him reconsidering his schedule of race events with the series that he purchased from Guy Webb in January of 2015.
Stewart originally announced in January at the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma that he plans to run roughly 80 races this year across multiple disciplines.
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