Tony Stewart will hang up his NASCAR Sprint Cup racing suit at the end of the 2016 season, according to Motorsport.com. The man's had a long road in NASCAR racing, and his accomplishments place him in elite company. His last few years have proven difficult both behind the wheel and personally, after an on-track incident that killed a young dirt track racer.
Looking back at his career, it's easy to see why Tony Stewart could be considered one of the greats in NASCAR racing. He has 48 Cup victories to his name, which places him at 13th on the all-time wins list. Stewart has won some of the biggest races in NASCAR's top series while also enjoying a tremendous career in Midget and Sprint cars. He currently sits in 25th place in the standings, which means he didn't qualify for the season-ending Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Over a 17-year NASCAR Cup Series career, Stewart has won the title three times. He's found himself on the pole 15 times and finished within the top ten in 299 races. Stewart has also had limited runs with IndyCar and the NASCAR Truck series. Off the track, Stewart help found the Tony Stewart Foundation, which raises funds for a variety of causes. Most notable are the donation of funds to help care for chronically ill children and to help drivers injured in motorsports.
Stewart will be retiring from the Stewart-Haas Racing team of which he is a 50% owner. It's been rumored that Clint Bowyer will take over Tony's seat for the 2017 racing season.
Despite retiring from NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, Stewart won't hang up the driving gloves entirely. In a press conference announcing his retirement, Stewart said he'd like to run in the NASCAR Modified Series, the Rolex 24 hours, and dirt racing. He did, however, say no when asked if he'd like to return to the Indianapolis 500.