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NASCAR: Tony Stewart to retire after 2016 season



RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 11: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 11, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tony Stewart, one of NASCAR’s most notable names plans to call it quits after the 2016 season.

Teasing a major announcement over the weekend, Stewart came forward Monday saying he would indeed retire from the sport after the 2016 season handing over the reigns to his car to Clint Boyer in 2017.

Stewart, who is embattled in one of his worst seasons of his career has previously been extremely successful while in NASCAR. Stewart won the Sprint Cup in 2002, 2005 and 2011 and even won the 1997 IRL Championship.

Stewart however has had his legal troubles throughout his career.

Last year while partaking in a Sprint Car race in Canandaigua, New York, Stewart’s car hit and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr. as Ward was yelling at Stewart outside his car after the two became entangled on the previous lap. It was later determined that Ward’s death was an accident and Stewart faced no charges and served no jail time for the incident.

This season, the 45-year old Stewart is tied for 25th in the standings, has just two top-ten finishes and zero wins.

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