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“This…is Not for Sale” – Tony Stewart Publicly Shuts Down Angry ‘Practical Joke’ Amid SHR’s NASCAR Exit

Tony Stewart’s NASCAR ambitions are hitting a rough patch this season. The Silly Season started with another team ejecting a driver, but culminated with the demise of Stewart’s team. After 15 years of trophies and great racing, Stewart-Haas Racing is rolling down its hatches. However, this news has sparked speculation elsewhere.

As a versatile racer, Tony Stewart has a finger in the pie. But his NASCAR woes appear to have traveled to other pursuits – or they should. Recently, Stewart himself debunked some false claims about a dirt racing debacle.

Tony Stewart is furious about unsubstantiated rumors

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The collapse of Stewart-Haas Racing has sparked a whirlwind of reaction from the racing community. Podcast owner and Cup driver Denny Hamlin of Actions Detrimental dissected the incident. Hamlin cited economic constraints resulting from NASCAR’s flawed sponsorship model. According to him, this could be an aftermath of major brands like Anheuser-Busch leaving SHR last year; things have been hard.

But it’s not that hard to deprive Tony Stewart of other racetracks. NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champions own Eldora Speedway, a half-mile dirt racing facility in Rossburg, Ohio. Prior to Dirt Track Late Model Dream Week, some fans started a rumor that Stewart has let go of the reins of this speedway for financial reasons.

However, Tony Stewart strongly opposed this ridiculous story. When speaking to FloRacing’s Ben Shelton, he said angrily: “I don’t know who was really bored at home and thought they were pulling a funny prank. But this track is not sold and is not for sale. This is a tradition with Earl and Bernice that they started in ’54. And we are proud to own this race track. It’s something we’re passionate about.”

Tony Stewart purchased the dirt road in 2004 from Eldora’s builder and original owner, Earl Baltes. It was in the early days of his career, but Tony Stewart became more hands-on in owning Eldora after retiring from NASCAR competition in 2016. Every year, Eldora hosts some of the country’s biggest dirt racing events, such as the Dream and Kings Royal. So any question of letting go of this fine project infuriated Stewart, as he opined: “Believe me, when my phone started blowing up yesterday, it didn’t make me happy.”

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Tony Stewart further outlined how such unsubstantiated rumors are damaging to a team, its reputation and everyone. “Literally I spent three hours sending text messages to people saying this isn’t true. And that is true, it affects everyone involved. It affects the fans, it affects our partners, our sponsors. It’s just unnecessary and unnecessary. It caused a lot of problems yesterday that we didn’t need.”

Now that the tension over Eldora has been cleared, Stewart can focus on the dirty happenings while a robust sponsor helps them, as suggested by a deceased Eldora official.

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American Rebel Light Beer is sponsoring Dirt Track Late Model Dream Week June 5-8. The beverage cans will be commercially available for the first time at Eldora Speedway, with the help of Bonbright Distributors. This also happens to mark a special but sad event. Jerry Gappens, former general manager of the dirt track, recently passed away.

Andy Ross, CEO of the American Rebels, acknowledged how they honored him at the speedway. “I would like to acknowledge the recent sudden passing of Eldora Speedway General Manager and 2023 Promoter of the Year Jerry Gappens.” He added, “Jerry was very excited about the launch of American Rebel Beer at Eldora and we are heartbroken that he will not be there in person, but he will certainly be with us in spirit.”

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