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SBD/September 4, 2013/Franchises
Stewart Quells Concerns Over Haas' Hiring Of Busch, Will Continue Racing Sprint Cars
Published September 4, 2013
STAYING PLUGGED IN: The AP's Jenna Fryer wrote the "snafu" around the Busch signing "aside, Stewart has gone to great lengths to remain engaged with all of his businesses during his time on the injury list." Stewart said that "aside from not being able to race, he's only missed one appearance and has held meetings at [business manager Eddie Jarvis'] house over the last three weeks." Stewart is "on pace to run more than 100 races this year" and admitted yesterday that "fatigue had set in around the NASCAR race at Indianapolis in late July." That was "two weeks before the sprint car crash at Iowa" in which he broke his leg. Stewart said that he "planned to return to the track this weekend at Richmond and hinted he'll use a motorized scooter." Fryer noted Stewart is "accustomed to racing as many as six days a week" (AP, 9/3).
ON THE MEND: SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass reported Stewart is "vowing to race sprint cars again and [is] hopeful he will return to the track in time" for the '14 Sprint Cup season. Stewart said, "If I got in a racecar and didn’t wear a helmet and didn’t wear seatbelts, then that would be dangerous. ... But I’m going to go live my life. I’m going to take full advantage of whatever time I’ve got on this earth. I’m going to ride it out to the fullest, and I’m going to get my money’s worth." Stewart "plans to mix in sprint-car races throughout the Cup season." But he said that said he "doesn’t plan to run 70 of those -- his schedule for 2013 -- next year." He added that the "cutback would be for scheduling purposes and to keep him from getting worn out" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 9/3). In Orlando, George Diaz reports Stewart's crash "didn't leave him with a 'scared straight' moment." Stewart's potential return for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23 is "fabulous news for the NASCAR Nation," because "stars drive sports, and Stewart is as good as they come in terms of providing starpower." Diaz: "Expect Tony to tone it down a bit. Just don't expect him to quit" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/4).