Tony Stewart Offers Sound Advice to Brad Keselowski on Being a Driver-Owner

Published 07/23/2021, 6:40 AM EDT
HAMPTON, GA – AUGUST 29: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, speaks to the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race August 9, after Ward Jr. had exited his car. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


In 2022, Brad Keselowski will become the driver-owner of the Roush Fenway Racing team. In light of this, former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart opened up on the matter.

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Stewart was a part-owner and driver himself, so he has plenty of experience. In a recent conversation with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Stewart talked about Keselowski.

He said, “I remember the day I went and spoke to Joe Gibbs about that. Joe was so mad at me when I told him that I wasn’t renewing my contract.

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“The one thing that finally didn’t make him happy, I looked him in the eye and said, ‘Joe this is my opportunity to be like you’. What I meant by that was that I get a chance to be an owner.”

In other words, when he does decide to hang up his boots, he will get a chance to be a team owner. That was the only thing that changed the meeting’s tone.

Stewart acknowledged that Gibbs was initially angry that he wasn’t returning, but eventually understood his reasons.

Tony Stewart gave Brad Keselowski a small warning

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Stewart also confessed that Keselowski must be prepared to sacrifice his spare time. He also said that if the team does not perform up to standard, he will have to face the fans’ ire. In other words, it is a huge burden to shoulder the praise for their successes and criticism of failures.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – MARCH 24: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Reese/Draw Tite Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 24, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Stewart insisted that being the part-owner will be a lot of work for the outgoing Penske driver. There will be times when the new driver-owner will face problems, and solutions will not come so easily.

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However, Stewart is confident that Brad Keselowski will be able to overcome any issues in the short and long run. Of course, the 2021 season is not over yet, and Keselowski still has to see out his Penske contract.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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