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Tony Stewart on Retirement: Choice "100 Percent Mine"

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(KANNAPOLIS, N.C.) – Tony Stewart officially announced his retirement from Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season at a press conference Wednesday.

The three-time Sprint Cup winner said the choice to retire was “100 percent mine” and had nothing to do with his involvement in the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. Ward was killed in August of 2014 during a sprint car race.

The 44-year-old Stewart will still race professionally, just not on the Sprint Cup circuit.

Clint Bowyer will take over for Stewart as the driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14  car starting in 2017.

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