Stewart “itching” to race in XFINITY

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

KANNAPOLIS, N.C— With an in-house NASCAR XFINITY Series program at Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner, Tony Stewart has an inkling to race in the XFINITY Series.

When asked if Aric Almirola would be driving in XFINTIY considering his relationship with Biagi-DeBeneste, who is moving to Stewart-Haas from Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart quickly interjected that he has explored the possibility of running the XFINTIY road course events in the future.

“I might want to drive it at some point. You guys act like you don’t need something that’s shocking a little bit. There’s actually some road-course races that I might be interested in running. We actually discussed it in-house here,” said Stewart. “We don’t have anything near worth announcing by any means, but there are some really cool races, especially Charlotte having a road course race next year, there might be some opportunities that might be a little fun for me to come out, dust things off a little bit.”

The opportunity to race in the XFINITY series will not happen in the 2018 when the series goes to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America, Watkins Glen International, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It’s relatively new this year. There are a couple of tracks that I have never been to that XFINITY goes to. Somewhere down the road, it will not happen this coming year. Down the road, I would like to dabble in a couple of races here or there,” said Stewart.

Stewart has already ruled out racing at Mid-Ohio due to the fact that it falls on the weekend of the Knoxville Nationals, a dirt racing spectacle in Iowa. Stewart also owns Tony Stewart Racing, an organization that will run at Knoxville.

Stewart was adamant that if he was to return to racing in NASCAR, that it would be in the XFINITY program. The goal of running XFINITY would be to help the organization grow.

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