The press conference was supposed to be about Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods and the new partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing.
It quickly turned into something else.
Tony Stewart said that he’d consider a return to Xfinity series road courses in 2018.
“I might want to drive it at some point,” Stewart said, in remarks reported by NBC Sports. “You guys act like you don’t need something that’s shocking a little bit. There’s actually some road-course races that I might be interested in running. We actually discussed it in house here.
“We don’t have anything near worth announcing by any means, but there are some really cool races, especially Charlotte having a road course race next year, there might be some opportunities that might be a little fun for me to come out, dust things off a little bit.”
Stewart, now 46, retired from the Cup series after the 2016 season, and even thought he’s the co-owner of Stewart-Haas racing, still clearly has an itch he may feel compelled to scratch.
While Stewart hasn’t run any NASCAR races, he’s back to running sprint cars on a regular schedule. He’s also expressed interest in racing at Le Mans, and maybe even the Global Rallycross.
There are four Xfinity road courses next season, and the races run in August and September — Watkins Glen International (Aug. 4), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 11), Road America (Aug. 25) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (Sept. 29).
Maybe we’ll Stewart on one.