There was no final straw, no outside influence, no personal trauma that led Tony Stewart to set an expiration date on his NASCAR career. Instead, the three-time NASCAR champion simply decided enough was enough. “I think deep down you know when it’s time to do something to make a change,” Stewart said Wednesday in announcing he will retire from Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season to wrap up a storied 18-year career in NASCAR’s top tier. If there were any doubt Stewart was at peace with his decision, he proved otherwise with a wide smile and his usual self-deprecating humor during a news conference that lasted nearly an hour at Stewart-Haas Racing. He called the decision “100 percent” his choice. – Associated Press
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