Tony Stewart Possibly Running NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race Saturday In Loudon

The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion could be participating in some extracurricular activity on the track this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Tony Stewart (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Ed Partridge confirmed Monday he is looking into putting three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart into one of his cars in Saturday’s Town Fair Tire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“We have a call in to [Tony] Stewart,” Partridge said. “He said he was interested but the schedules might be conflicting so we haven’t heard anything final yet.”

Stewart has made one career Whelen Modified Tour start, finishing ninth in the New England 100 on July 15, 2006 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Partridge fields a car normally for 2011 Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk of Norwalk.

“I didn’t even really want to race [the backup car],” Partridge said. “My crew chief [Tommy Grasso] said ‘The car is capable of winning a race, maybe we should put someone in it.’ And [Stewart] was the first guy I thought of.”

The Whelen Modified Tour is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Partridge said Stewart has to return to Eldora Speedway, the dirt track he owns in New Weston, Ohio, Saturday. Eldora hosts the Kings Royal on Saturday night with the World Of Outlaws Sprint Car series, one of the biggest events in Sprint Car racing.

“I think it’s going to be real close,” Partridge said. “But I know he is interested and we’re just waiting to hear before I register the car.”

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