Tony Stewart Returning To Stafford With SRX Series On July 2

SRX Series series co-founder Tony Stewart (right) watches practice last year for the series with Doug Coby (left0 at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

The champion is returning to defend his throne for the SRX Series in 2022.

SRX Series management announced Wednesday that series co-founder Tony Stewart will return to the series full-time for the 2022 season.

It will mean a return to Stafford Speedway for Stewart when the SRX Series runs at the track on July 2.

Stewart, who cofounded the SRX Series with legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham, finished third in the SRX Series’ first event ever last June at Stafford. He went on to become the first champion of the series.

Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020.

Stewart is the 10th driver to be confirmed for the 2022 event at Stafford. Also on Wednesday it was announced that Hailie Deegan will run at Stafford for one of her two appearances with the series in 2022.

Also confirmed to be running in the Stafford event are Ryan Newman, Helio Castroneves, Paul Tracy, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Greg Biffle, Bobby Labonte and Michael Waltrip. The Stafford field will also include the winner of the 50th NAPA Spring Sizzler on April 23 at Stafford.


  1. So what-a-ya think with those phones at the ready? Checking laps speeds via live timing? Maybe Coby checking to see if that latest prospect has signed on as a client to have him sell their house. Stewart checking to see what the gate was at Eldora? Dinner plans with the significant’s after the work day is done.
    So what were we saying about young people with a phone constantly in their hand.
    Don Hawk, SRX chief executive was saying on Unmuffled how tickets would be sold out the Wednesday following first availability. Ruh-ro that didn’t happen.
    It’s just never the same the second time around is it?

  2. I dunno. For me, I was hoping Stewart would not race. He took a championship last year as part owner. While I’m sure its on the up and up, and Im not suggesting its not, for me, its just a bad look imo.
    I know, he’s the star power and the draw.
    I probably did not pay enough attention, but is cbs covering live this year like last year in prime time?

  3. Bobf,
    Yes, it will be the same deal as last, Saturday nights primetime on CBS.

  4. Thx Shawn.

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