Tony Stewart wins first race since his 'retirement'

Tony Stewart returned to his short-track roots Saturday night, winning a sprint car race at a Florida dirt track.

Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart retired from the series last year after 18 seasons, but he's certainly not done racing.

Saturday night, Stewart picked up his first victory since his "retirement," winningthe United Sprint Car Series Spring Speed Xplosion finale at the Bubba Raceway Park dirt trackin Ocala, Fla.

Afterward, Stewarthopped a flight north, so he can attend Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, where he has fourStewart-Haas Racing Fords in the starting lineup.

“I get the best of both worlds now,” Stewart told Nate Ryan of NBC Sports. “I still am a car owner on the Cup side, but this weekend, we were here Friday and Saturday night, and as soon as I get done with this interview, I’m changing clothes and flying to Martinsville late tonight.

“My schedule is actually busier now than what it was when I was running the Cup side, but I get the best of both worlds. I get to do the NASCAR side and still get to do what I love to do, running the dirt cars again.”

Sounds like the owner/driver nicknamed "Smoke" is enjoying his "retirement."



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