MIDWEST: Tony Stewart Plans For Pair Of Wisconsin Sprint Car Starts

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Tony Stewart will return to the state of Wisconsin for a pair of sprint car races on May 20-21. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

WILMOT, Wis. — Tony Stewart is scheduled to join the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Ass’n for two co-sanctioned races in Wisconsin on May 20-21.

Stewart, a retired three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion who now owns the All Stars series, will bring the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers car to both Wilmot Raceway and Angell Park Speedway.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back into my sprint car up in Wisconsin in May,” Stewart said. “It’s always fun running with the IRA sprints with Steve Sinclair. Steve and his team do a great job up there and I’m really excited that we have been able to expand the weekend to include Angell Park this year with the All Stars. It should be a fun couple of days with great weather.”

“The last time I raced in Wisconsin, I had a great battle with Bill Balog at Sheboygan, I think that was in 2013,” Stewart added. “It’s probably been 15 years since I raced at Angell Park and I’m not sure I have ever raced at Wilmot, so we can check that track off the list. Hopefully, I can show some consistency and compete for wins both nights.”

To be specific, Stewart’s last visit to Wisconsin came on June 15, 2013 at the Plymouth Dirt Track, when he and Balog traded the lead multiple times in the closing laps. Stewart would go on to win by less than a car length.

Stewart, also a member of the National Midget Hall of Fame, has ran countless midget laps at Angell Park. However, he knows that even with his considerable experience on the historic oval, he will have his work cut out for him if he wants to visit victory lane either night of the weekend.

“We’ve got 18 full time All Star members this year, so together with the IRA sprints, we should have a spectacular car count,” Stewart explained. “Our All Star guys love going to Wisconsin … so hopefully we can continue to the grow the involvement between the two series.”

Wilmot’s All Star races have previously been dominated by Dale Blaney, but with Blaney racing predominantly in Pennsylvania this year and not as a series regular, the door is wide open for someone else to claim a big victory.

Three-time Wilmot track champion and defending IRA champion Jeremy Schultz, driver of the Crawford Oil and Propane No. 5J, will be among the list of names to watch on May 20.

On May 21, the cars roll into Sun Prairie’s Angell Park Speedway, where Scotty Thiel won twice last year.

IRA Communications and Wilmot Raceway contributed to this report.

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