Wednesday was all about Stewart-Haas Racing and Aric Almirola. The organization announced that they have signed Almirola and Smithfield as a driver/sponsorship combination to replace Danica Patrick in the No. 10 Ford for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. But, it was Tony Stewart himself who dropped a huge hint on a possible return to NASCAR in the near future.
When Almirola was asked in his press conference about the possibility of racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with the team too, it was Stewart to chimed in and announced plans for possibly himself.
“There are actually some road course races that I might be interested in running; we’ve discussed it in-house but we don’t have anything near worth announcing,” Stewart shockingly said. “There are some really cool races…especially Charlotte having the road course race next year. I mean there might be some opportunities that might be a little fun for me to come out and dust things off a little bit.”
The reason the question was even asked was because Almirola has been driving in select XFINITY Series races for Biagi-DenBeste Racing over the last few years. Well, Biagi has teamed up with SHR to run a second car with the team in 2018 in the No. 98 Ford. Cole Custer will remain in the No. 00 Ford. That Biagi car will be the “all-star” car per say with Harvick and others racing in it. So, asking if Almirola would get his turn was a legitimate question. Stewart, took it to a whole new level.
So, with knowing that the road courses interest Stewart for the XFINITY Series, which tracks could he race at? The series competes at Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Road America. While Stewart did say that Mid-Ohio isn’t an option because of the Knoxville Nationals, Road America and Watkins Glen do make sense.
“I’ve never raced at (some of) those tracks before so there might be some opportunities to do that down the road and help our program,” he said about Road America and Mid-Ohio.
Stewart, has won 11 XFINITY Series races in his career, the last coming in his final start in the series at Daytona in 2013.