Stewart at ease heading into final season of storied career


In this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2015, photo, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart gestures while talking about the track with Brad Chandler during Chili Bowl midget races at Tulsa's Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. Police are investigating after an off-duty officer heckled NASCAR star Tony Stewart and was confronted by the driver. The confrontation happened Friday night, Jan. 15, 2016, at the weeklong Chili Bowl dirt-track racing event at the Tulsa Expo Center. (Joey Johnson/The Oklahoman via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart is a man at peace as he heads into the final season of his NASCAR career.

He’s satisfied with what he’s accomplished and has no regrets about the three glaring holes on his resume. Stewart is also adamant that his struggles the last two years, on and off the track, have nothing to do with his decision to retire at the end of this season.

The three-time NASCAR champion reiterated Thursday he’ll race in other series after this year — but not the Indianapolis 500— and his decision to leave the Sprint Cup Series is simply about giving himself more free time to pursue everything that’s been on hold the last three decades.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2015, photo, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart gestures while talking about the track with Brad Chandler during Chili Bowl midget races at Tulsa’s Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. Police are investigating after an off-duty officer heckled NASCAR star Tony Stewart and was confronted by the driver. The confrontation happened Friday night, Jan. 15, 2016, at the weeklong Chili Bowl dirt-track racing event at the Tulsa Expo Center. (Joey Johnson/The Oklahoman via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_108255445-98ddffd919b94375b4885e85ad10fa00.jpgIn this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2015, photo, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart gestures while talking about the track with Brad Chandler during Chili Bowl midget races at Tulsa’s Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. Police are investigating after an off-duty officer heckled NASCAR star Tony Stewart and was confronted by the driver. The confrontation happened Friday night, Jan. 15, 2016, at the weeklong Chili Bowl dirt-track racing event at the Tulsa Expo Center. (Joey Johnson/The Oklahoman via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
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