NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart has retired from cup racing, but that did not mean retirement. He has gone back to his favorite, the dirt tracks. After a less than stellar start back in the Sprint Cars, Smoke finally gets to victory lane. In the interview you will see just how busy he is.

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Tony Stewart wins first sprint car race since NASCAR retirement

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Tony Stewart retired from full-time NASCAR competition after the 2016 season but is still periodically running sprint car races around the country.

Tony Stewart won his first sprint car race since retiring from NASCAR, taking the checkered flag in the United Sprint Car Series Spring Speed Xplosion finale Saturday night at the Bubba Raceway Park dirt track in Ocala, Fla.

Stewart announced in Sept. 2015 he would retire from full time at the conclusion of the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series season, and he said one of things he wanted to do was focus more on racing dirt sprint cars. But the 45-year-old’s initial return to his favorite form of racing has been a struggle, with a string of races where he wasn’t competitive.

“I’ll be honest, this is our eighth night this year we’ve run, and the first seven we haven’t been very stellar,” Stewart said. “But it’s just been a while since I’ve been in a car, and we’ve been fighting trying to figure out what these tires want. The setup we ran here the last time doesn’t work here anymore.”

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