Out of Chase, Stewart not pitting yet

After Tony Stewart was eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup two weeks ago, there were those who thought he might coast the final seven races before his retirement from the series.

The Columbus native proved otherwise last week when he posted a ninth-place finish in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He showed that he would still try to race for the checkered flag all the way until the final race Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This afternoon, Stewart and his Sprint Cup competitors will be at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for the Hollywood Casino 400. Race time is 2:15 p.m.

Stewart has had some success at Kansas. He has a pair of wins to go along with six top-five finishes and nine top-10s and has led a total of 164 laps in his 20 career Sprint Cup starts at the venue.

“The thing I like about going to Kansas is we have a lot of short-track fans in that area who watched me coming up through the ranks,” Stewart said in a news release. “When you are in the garage area and you are walking to your car, you hear people say stuff like, ‘I got to see you at Lakeside (Speedway) or I-70 Speedway, Sedalia, Missouri.’ To have people there for a Cup weekend but appreciate what you did in your open-wheel career and got to see you then, that’s what makes Kansas really cool. It’s the people who are there.”

At a glance


Hollywood Casino 400, 2:15 p.m. (NBC)

Starting position: (qualifying Friday)


Finished ninth in Bank of America 500

Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.