2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has announced that he will be competing in the 2012 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on January 10, 2012 through January 14, 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After an absence of three years, Stewart will return to the competition and attempt to add another trophy to his ever growing collection.
The last time Stewart participated in the Chili Bowl, he finished in eighth place. He has won this competition last year. Stewart has not provided many details on his decision to return to the Chili Bowl, but it seems that winning the Sprint Cup three times is not enough for the champ.
Stewart has always said he enjoys midget racing. Early this season, he mentioned “I’ve always taken pride in being able to jump around in different race cars and be competitive.” Midget racing gives Stewart the opportunity to return to his roots. He has competed in multiple midget races throughout his career, and is an member of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
During the NASCAR off season, Stewart has been busy creating a full schedule of racing for the 2012 season. Prior to the Chili Bowl, Stewart he take part in the Rumble in Fort Wayne on December 30. In addition, there is a strong possibility he will race a few World of Outlaw Sprint Car races. He will also race a few NASCAR Nationwide Series races and compete full time for a fourth championship.
Stewart will join several NASCAR drivers in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in January, including Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Bryan Clauson. He will be driving the No. 14 Chevrolet Spike at the race.