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“Smoke” Stewart returns to Xfinity Series on July 4th

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tony Stewart is coming back to NASCAR. But the NASCAR Hall of Famer is not returning to the Cup Series.

Instead, he is returning to the Xfinity Series on July 4th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, according to He will compete in the Indiana 250 at the historic track on the day of America’s birth.

Race car driver Tony Stewart driving the Ritz Crackers/Oreo sponsored Xfinity Series ride at the Drive4COPD 300
Tony Stewart driving the Ritz Crackers/Oreo sponsored Xfinity Series ride at the Drive4COPD 300 (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

“Everyone knows what Indy means to me, so I can’t think of a better place to race on Fourth of July weekend,” Stewart, who grew up 45 minutes from Indianapolis in the towns of Columbus and Rushville, Indiana, said in a team release. “It’s going to be cool making history by turning left and right in a stock car at the Brickyard, and the racing will be full of action and contact. Any time you can drive any race car at the speedway is special, and you know I’m going for the win. The date is already circled on my calendar.”

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Stewart has appeared in 94 Xfinity Series races. He last competed in a race in this series in 2013.

In fact, in the lone race that he competed in, he won. That was the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The win was one of 11 Xfinity Series wins in his career. He has 30 Top 5 finishes in 94 races from 1995 through 2013.

He has also led 1,350 laps in the series.

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According to the press release announcing his return, the car number and his sponsor will be announced later. Also, the team will release information on his crew chief, as well, in the future.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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