Tony Stewart has decided to retire as the full-time driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS following the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, according to a report from Motorsport.com. An official announcement in regards to the decision will be made from Stewart-Haas Racing’s headquarters in in Kannapolis, N.C at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
Multiple sources have indicated that Clint Bowyer, who will be without a NASCAR drive following the 2015 season, will run one season with HScott Motorsports before taking over Stewart’s seat in the No. 14 Chevy. Public relations representatives for Stewart declined to comment on the rumors when asked by Motorsport.com.
Stewart’s retirement will mark the second major driver retirement from NASCAR’s top series in two years, with Jeff Gordon leaving his seat in the No. 24 car to Chase Elliott for 2016. To date, Stewart’s won 48 Sprint Cup races, three Sprint Cup championships and also an IndyCar series title.
In addition to those accomplishments, Stewart has also won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway twice and won the NASCAR All-Star Race in 2009. Word of the 44-year old’s retirement may be unsurprising to some, as he is currently in the midst of his worst season of his Cup career with no top fives and just two top tens.