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September 19, 2017

Tony Stewart on Danica: ‘I don’t see her leaving the sport’

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Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart knows he won’t have Danica Patrick on his roster of drivers next year, but he thinks Patrick will be in NASCAR in 2018.

Stewart spent part of his morning Tuesday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” where he addressed a variety of topics — including Danica’s future. Patrick announced earlier in September that she would not return to SHR in 2018.

“Good question,” Stewart replied when the host asked him about Patrick’s future. “I don’t know. I don’t know what she has planned. She has so much stuff going on. She reminds me a lot of me. She’s got wineries, she’s got her yoga stuff, she’s got a clothing line she’s working on. But I don’t see her leaving the sport. She’s that driven and that competitive. She still wants to win.”

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Other topics addressed on the show include:

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-race Periscope live-stream on Twitter: “Every Sunday after the race, I watch it to see what he’s going to say about the day. I just like how he engages with people. To be Dale Jr. and to get people to run up and literally just bump into you to try to get an autograph or a picture, I couldn’t deal with it like he does. … He’s just a great man and a great personality.”

On if he’s getting married: “No. Who told you that? I’ve made it 46 years!”

On his most prized possession: “If I had to leave my house, I’ve got to grab the last championship trophy I have in NASCAR (2011) because that was the hardest one to win for sure.”