Stewart-Haas Racing Baffles NASCAR Fans with a Cryptic Announcement

Published 11/21/2021, 1:45 PM EST
Jun 6, 2021; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe (14) during the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, the Stewart-Haas Racing team published an odd-looking tweet. At first glance, it looked like a farewell message, as the tweet read, ‘To all the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey’. It was followed by an image of Tony Stewart walking away and high-fiving the fans.

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Of course, this led to a lot of speculation about what the tweet entails. Some got the impression that Stewart could be parting ways with the team. However, the former driver has not given any indication that that is the case. Others could also believe that the outfit is following Chip Ganassi Racing and leaving the sport. However, there has been no rumours about this either. Additionally, there was speculation that Dodge could be back in NASCAR.

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While all of these are some pretty fun and outlandish theories, the real story is that it is a tribute. To be precise, the team was celebrating the 10th anniversary of Tony Stewart’s championship. Stewart is a triple Cup Series champion, having won in 2002, 2005 and in 2011. His 2011 championship came at the wheel of the Stewart-Haas Racing #14 car.

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What is Stewart-Haas Racing up to now?

Of course, the driver himself has not raced in NASCAR since 2016. Since he retired, Clint Bowyer took over in his stead, until his own retirement at the end of the 2020 season. Now, Chase Briscoe has been nominated as their successors in the #14 car. He is partnering Cole Custer, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola. Admittedly, the team has not been very consistent in its performances.

LAS VEGAS – JANUARY 29: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, in the garage during NASCAR testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway January 29, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)ewa

Since his Cup Series title win in 2014, he has been the only one who is consistently in the Top 10. The lowest he ever finished was 8th in 2016, while in the remaining seasons, Harvick has always been in the Top 5. Now, the veteran driver and his teammates will be looking forward to the new season and the Next Gen cars. They will be hoping that the new cars will change their fortunes for the better.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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