A major back injury is not the way to begin a farewell tour. That is the way the 2016 season started for Tony Stewart. Last fall he announced that this would be his final season as a Cup racer. The back injury suffered in all-terrain vehicle accident forced Stewart to miss the first eight races. He returned to his car at Richmond, drove part of the race at Talladega, and competed last week at Kansas.
This week he returns to Dover. Three years ago Stewart found his way to victory lane at the Monster Mile. His aggressive style racing might rub some his peers on track the wrong way, but a number of NASCAR’s top drivers think having Stewart back being Tony Stewart is good for the sport.
“Its great to see him recover as quickly as he did and to push through the rehab side of it to get back to the car,” said Kurt Busch.
Carl Edwards offer this perspective, “Tony is one of the fiercest competitors in the sport to have him here and someone to battle against is fun for us. I’ve really enjoyed racing Tony. It’s good to see him back in the car I think he adds a lot and definitely makes it fun on the race track.”
“I hope he has a great season. I would love to see him make a chase push if he can and obviously end on a good note,” said 2016 Daytona 500 Champion Denny Hamlin.