Tony Stewart went full Paul Tracy in an interview with CBS Sports’ Matt Mayer except he can’t blame it on his Twitter account being hacked.
Stewart called out NASCAR for their response and subsequent penalty for Kyle Larson after the 6-time race winner said a racial slur very clearly and very casually on an iRacing stream during quarantine.
NASCAR promptly suspended Larson from competition pending the completion of racial sensitivity training. His sponsors Credit One and McDonald’s bailed leaving Chip Ganassi Racing in a precarious position. Without sponsors, Ganassi was forced to let Larson go.
Blackballed from NASCAR for the 2020 season, Larson turned to his dirt racing roots and has put on a show this summer. Larson’s run on dirt this year has been nothing short of history, he won’t stop winning and when he doesn’t win he runs second or third. The success on dirt hasn’t stopped him from thinking about a return to NASCAR. Tony Stewart’s name has been linked with Larson since his firing from Ganassi.
Here is what Stewart had to say:
This isn’t a NASCAR issue at this point. They’ve laid out the steps Larson needs to take to return to racing. Once he completes those he’s free to sign with a team. That will prove to be the harder part.
It’s not that NASCAR is “sitting on their asses” it’s that Larson is so hot even 2001 Dominic Toretto wouldn’t touch him. If Stewart wants Larson back in NASCAR, he should pony up the #14 car for him in 2021. Larson’s only hope of returning to NASCAR at the moment is to join a team that already has a sponsor secured or can self fund the car.
Larson torpedoed his own career, attempting to pass the blame onto NASCAR is shortsighted and uneducated.
Stewart-Haas Racing announcing the signing of Larson later this year will come as a surprise to no one.
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