Report: Tony Stewart to retire from NASCAR after 2016 season

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart plans to retire after the 2016 season, reports

Stewart will run one final season before handing over the driving duties of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 car to Clint Bowyer in 2017.

Bowyer is driving for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2015, but will switch to HScott Motorsports in 2016.

Stewart won the Sprint Cup in 2002, 2005 and 2011. He missed out on the Chase for the Sprint Cup this year after posting zero wins and two top-10s.

Stewart has admitted he will never be the same after his sprint car struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park last season.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same from what happened the last two years,” Stewart said during an appearance at Texas Motor Speedway this summer. “I don’t know how you could be, I don’t know how anybody ever could be back to exactly the way they were.

“But not being back exactly the same that I was doesn’t mean that I haven’t become better in some way. I think there’s always positives that come out of every scenario.”

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