It won’t happen in the coming year, but Tony Stewart says down the road he would like to dabble in some Xfinity Series races.
Stewart, 46, threw out the nugget Wednesday during a news conference at Stewart-Haas Racing to introduce Aric Almirola as the next driver of the No. 10 Ford. The question about running races in the second-tier division was directed to Almirola, who has a relationship with Biagi-DenBeste Racing, which is forming a partnership with SHR next season. Biagi-DenBeste Racing, which began in 2001 in the Busch Series, has three wins, including Amirola’s May 6 victory at Talladega.
“We’ll work on that,” Stewart said before stealing the spotlight.
“There are actually some road course races that I might be interested in running. We’ve actually discussed it in-house here, but we don’t have anything near worth announcing by any means, but there are some really cool races, especially Charlotte having a road course race next year. There might be some opportunities that might be a little bit fun for me to come out and dust things off a little bit.”
The idea to get back behind the wheel is relatively new, Stewart admitted, and he’s already looked at races in addition to the Charlotte road course. Mid-Ohio has been ruled out since it is the same week as the Knoxville Nationals, one of the biggest sprint car events of the year.
“Road America could happen,” Stewart said. “Some of those road courses, I’ve never raced that those tracks before. So, [there] might be some opportunities to try to do that down the road and help our program.”
Watkins Glen, Road America and Mid-Ohio are the three road course races on the Xfinity Series schedule. SHR currently fields the No. 00 for Cole Custer and has occasionally run a second car. Next year with the addition of Biagi-DenBeste, the No. 98 (formerly the No. 41) will run a part-time schedule with some races run by Kevin Harvick.
“I’m not going to come back in a Cup car,” Stewart said when asked if he missed racing. “If I come back and do anything it might be in an Xfinity car or a Truck at some point. Obviously, everybody’s talked about me running a truck at Eldora, and … I loved road course racing when I was in the Cup Series, and there’s a couple road course that I’ve never been to that Xfinity goes to that could be an opportunity.
“I would look forward to possibly doing some of that if the right opportunity came along for us.”
Stewart retired from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2016 season.