Tony Stewart returned to racing in the Finger Lakes for the first time since a fatal crash 4 years ago.
Stewart took part in the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Friday night at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, finishing in the 6th spot.
The 2017 running of the Tony Stewart promoted Artic Cat All Star Series for the 410 Sprints played to the largest crowd ever recorded at the Outlaw Speedway in Dundee. Prior to that, he had not raced in the area since hitting and killing Kevin Ward Jr. in an incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in August of 2014.
A civil suit brought by Ward’s family was settled back in April.
Stewart will be at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday.
Former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is coming back to the Finger Lakes region this weekend.
He will race at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee on Friday night and then will return to Weedsport Speedway on Sunday for the first time since 2010 to compete with his own Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Car Series.
Here is more about Stewart’s return to Dundee:
The 2017 running of the Tony Stewart promoted Artic Cat All Star Series for the 410 Sprints played to the largest crowd ever recorded at the Outlaw Speedway in Dundee.
By popular demand the highly acclaimed touring group will make not one but two appearances at the track in 2018 with round one being held on Friday night, June 8. The second race of the “18” season is scheduled for September 14.
Last year a phenomenal feature event was contested on the super smooth and ultra- fast 4/10 of a mile clay oval where a quartet of cars came to the checkered flag under a blanket photo finish and this year’s event has all the makings of a repeat performance as the Tony Stewart led Artic Cat 410 All Star Series continues to gain momentum. Ryan Smith came away victorious in last year’s event at Outlaw chased across the line by Chad Kemenah, Sammy Swindell and Dan Dietrich. Stewart rounded out the top five. In addition to Smith, Kemenah and Dietrich other drivers that follow the circuit like “The Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild, Dave Blaney, Tim Shaffer, Eric Reutzel and Parker Price- Miller are all confirmed entries. It is anticipated that a number of local competitors that have access to 410 power plants including many time Outlaw Speedway winner, Jared Zimbardi will be in action as well as some of the top Pennsylvania Posse drivers. It should also be noted that with Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY running the following night as well at Weedsport hosting the Arctic Cat All Star Series on Sunday makes it a trifecta of race venues in the Upstate Region hosting the popular 410 Sprint Series which undoubtedly will entice even more sprint teams to travel to the area making this a cant’ miss show so make your plans now to attend.
At the time of this writing, Tony Stewart has adjusted his schedule and plans on making an appearance at Outlaw Speedway for the June 8 Show. With all of his other business interests including owning a team in the Monster Energy Drink NASCAR Series, a 410 sprint team that competes full time in the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series as well as Eldora Speedway, many times Stewart is unavailable to attend the All Star Artic Cat 410 Spring Series events, however “Smoke” has indicated he will be at Outlaw.
In addition to the 410 Sprints, also seeing action will be the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Big Block/Small Block Modifieds along with the Crate Sportsman and the classy Street Stocks. The Decker Farmers Insurance IMCA Modifieds and the 4 Cylinders round out the Super 5 card.
Gates for the event will open earlier than usual with the high anticipation of a standing only crowd and a pit full of stacker trailers. Pit and grandstand gates will open at 3:00 pm. Pit admission is $40. Adult grandstand seating is $28 with seniors paying $26. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.
Hot laps begin at 6:00 pm with racing scheduled to start at 7:00 pm.
A chicken bar-b-que will be available and a DJ will be on hand prior to the races. Campers are welcome free of charge.
Also in attendance for this high profile event will be representatives of the Elmira Pioneers Baseball Team handing out tickets at the main gate. Also making an appearance will be Pioneers Team Mascot, “Stitches” to entertain the kids.
Complementary rides on the tracks Monster Truck, “Outlaw Crusher” begin when the gates open and continue until race time.
The running order for the show will be as follows. 410 Sprints, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Crate Sportsman, IMCA Modifieds and 4 Cylinders.
To learn more about the Tony Stewart Artic Cat 410 All Star Sprint Series go to www.allstarsprint.com.
The Outlaw Speedway is located on Rt. 14a just outside of Dundee, NY in the heart of the Finger Lakes