11:15 PM: Tony Stewart Finishes 4th In Race At Stateline

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BUSTI — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart raced on dirt tracks for the first time in New York since the fatal accident involving Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in 2014. Races at Stateline Speedway were a part of a western New York series this weekend with races Friday at Outlaw Speedway and tonight at Weedsport Speedway.

Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions raced winged sprint cars Saturday, the first time the circuit has participated in races at Stateline since 1970 when Lee Osborne won the event.

“(Stewart) started out in sprint cars, and I think that’s his love,” said Jean Scott, one of three owners of Stateline Speedway.

Scott has always been a fan of Stewart’s and was ecstatic to get him and his circuit participating in the speedway.

“It’s a big deal,” Scott said.

P-J photo by Alex Shipherd

She noted that the race track has struggled some in the past couple years since she, her husband Jim and Dave Turner took ownership of Stateline Speedway, and Stewart’s appearance was considered a boost to bring in new kinds of fans. Sprint cars bring in new and different kinds of fans than the usual late-model car races do at the track. Scott said there were attendees at Saturday’s races who had never been there before.

Scott was able to meet Stewart and greeted him and his fiancee.

“He’s just a plain old guy, just like anybody else,” Scott said.

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