Despite retirement Tony Stewart era in NASCAR and elsewhere far from over

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is expected to announce that he will step away from full time racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series after 2016. Stewart-Haas Racing has called a news conference Wednesday with driver and team co-owner Stewart at 1:00 p.m. ET, the team announced Sunday night.

Clint Bowyer is expected to join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 as a replacement for Stewart. Bowyer, finished 26th in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and is 16th in the Chase standings. An eight-time winner in 11 Cup seasons, Bowyer was recently released by Michael Waltrip Racing, which won’t field a team next season.

In addition to being a three-time champion Stewart, 44, is a 48-time winner in NASCAR’s premier series. He has struggled lately however. Stewart is currently in the midst of a 69-race winless streak, his most recent victory coming at Dover in 2013. He is currently 25th in the points standings and failed to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the third consecutive year. MORE>>>

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