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Report: Tony Stewart to retire after 2016
By Nick Bromberg From The Marbles

Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will reportedly retire after the 2016 season.

According to Motorsport.com, Stewart, 44, is set to vacate the No. 14 car and Clint Bowyer will take over in 2017. Stewart's retirement would come a year after another icon's departure. Jeff Gordon is retiring from driving full-time after the 2015 season.

Stewart, who won the 2002, 2005 and 2011 Sprint Cup titles, has struggled over the past two seasons. In 2013, he missed the last third of the Sprint Cup Series season after suffering a broken leg in a sprint car accident. In 2014, he missed three races after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car accident in upstate New York. Stewart was not charged with a crime. Ward's family filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit against Stewart this August.

Stewart is currently 25th in the Sprint Cup standings. He finished 11th at New Hampshire on Sunday.

He came to the Cup Series in 1999 with Joe Gibbs Racing. He won two championships with the team and left after the 2008 season. He was given a 50 percent stake in Stewart-Haas Racing and became the first owner-driver in NASCAR since Alan Kulwicki to win the Cup Series title when he won in 2011. He beat Carl Edwards that season via tiebreaker. Stewart won the final race to tie Edwards on points and won the championship because he had more wins.

Stewart has 48 career Sprint Cup series victories and is also the 1997 IndyCar Series champion. He's also the owner of Eldora Speedway, a dirt track in Ohio where the Camping World Truck Series now hosts an annual race.

Bowyer has long been rumored to take over the No. 14 if Stewart decided to vacate it. He's leaving Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year as the team shuts down. According to Motorsport, Bowyer is expected to drive for HScott Motorsports in 2016. The team has an equipment affiliation with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Bowyer is currently 16th in the Cup standings after he was penalized 25 points for an inspection violation at Chicago. Stewart-Haas Racing fields cars for Stewart, 2014 champion Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.
I saw this info a little while ago. I'm not surprised though. I knew it wouldn't be much longer. I wonder how much hoopla will surround him next season. I'm sure it won't be as much as Gordon's had this year.
(09-28-2015, 12:35 PM)spazmatastic Wrote: [ -> ]I saw this info a little while ago. I'm not surprised though. I knew it wouldn't be much longer. I wonder how much hoopla will surround him next season. I'm sure it won't be as much as Gordon's had this year.
Probably not quite as big a deal as Gordon...afterall, Smoke only has three championships to Gordon's four, and only 48 wins to Gordon's 92...

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I think the sheer physical requirements of running a full NASCAR schedule just make being ultra-competitive tough on an older guy...look for Jimmie Johnson to look to hang them up in four to six more years, too...
(09-28-2015, 12:53 PM)dunnere Wrote: [ -> ]Probably not quite as big a deal as Gordon...afterall, Smoke only has three championships to Gordon's four, and only 48 wins to Gordon's 92...

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I think the sheer physical requirements of running a full NASCAR schedule just make being ultra-competitive tough on an older guy...look for Jimmie Johnson to look to hang them up in four to six more years, too...
I think the main difference b/t them (besides wins) is the length of JG's time in NSCS. 24 years in the same car is pretty unheard of in NASCAR. I'm sure Jimmie won't go much past 5 more years. Then again, I started collecting JJ b/c I thought Martin would retire soon and he drove for 10 more years.
I wonder if NASCAR has a time period for nomination to the HOF like in other sports. Could he actually be nominated next year? We all know he'll go in, just how soon can he get there?
You're talking about iconic in Jeff Gordon, for sure.

Certainly Jimmie Johnson is in the same conversation...heck, probably more so, even.

The NASCAR HOF nomination criteria is retired for three years, among other things, so Gordon will go into the Hall in 2019, I think...if you think he's worthy of a "first ballot" induction...LOL...umm, yes...

I think Smoke will go in in the year he's eligible, too, but Gordon is a no doubter.
Clint Bowyer to drive for HScott Motorsports in 2016
By Dustin Long Oct 2, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. – HScott Motorsports announced Friday that Clint Bowyer will drive for the team next season before moving to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 to replace Tony Stewart there.

5-hour Energy will follow Bowyer and be his primary sponsor for 24 races next season. The team has not determined what the car number will be.

Bowyer has been looking for a ride since Michael Waltrip Racing announced it would close after this season.

Although HScott Motorsports previously stated that it would remain a two-car operation in 2016, owner Harry Scott would not say how many teams he would have Friday. The team previously confirmed that Michael Annett, in his first season with the organization, would return. Annett is 36th in the points standings this season. His best finish this year is 13th in the Daytona 500.

Justin Allgaier also is a part of HScott Motorsports’ two-car team this season.

HScott Motorsports, which is based in Spartanburg, S.C., gets chassis, engines and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports. Bowyer’s move allows him to begin using Hendrick equipment next year in preparation to his move to Stewart-Haas Racing, which also receives chassis and engines from Hendrick Motorsports.

“I think Clint will help us long-term because he’s basically going to be able to help us reset our program and set the bar higher,” said Scott, who has owned the team since Sept. 2013 after purchasing it from James Finch. “He’ll help us form an even stronger relationship with Stewart-Haas and that, obviously, will be beneficial for us.”

Said Bowyer: “I don’t want to leave Harry with nothing after this. When I leave there, I want to leave him having a winning organization.”




Basically, get Bowyer in a car that runs the same stuff as SHR, so that he can share in the fun of that for a year while Smoke takes the victory lap in 2016...and then jump to SHR in 2017 and leave HScott with a sweet third ride for 2017 to take on...well, maybe Regan Smith???
I actually heard about the Bowyer/HScott Motorsports deal earlier this week. If I knew you hadn't heard it, I'd have posted in here. I was wondering who HSM was though. I didn't know he bought out Finch. I hadn't heard that 5-Hour Energy was going to follow Bowyer but I'm not surprised that they will. I wonder who the sponsor is for the other 12 races.