After considering what it was like to have one the biggest racing superstars on the planet at his facility for a second-straight year, Ohsweken Speedway owner Glenn Styres could come up with only one way to describe it.
“It’s like the night before Christmas,” Styres said. “It’s hard to imagine that it is even possible to have such a superstar at this speedway, let alone him to even have the interest to come to Canada. It’s like a dream come true, again.”
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart made time in his schedule for a second-straight year to come to Six Nations and participate in racing at the Ohsweken Speedway.
On Monday, Stewart spent an hour signing autographs for hundreds of fans at an exclusive meet and greet before dominating the track with a victory in the CORR Pak 360 sprint program.
Stewart held off a late charge from none other than Styres himself to capture the checkered flag for the second time in as many years.
“He’s been so amazing to have here,” Styres said. “I sat with him through the autograph sessions. He said the Canadian fans are so polite and great to talk to.”
The speedway ran out of seating, parking and camping sites during the visit and staff were busy on Tuesday mowing neighbouring fields to create additional space for a second evening with Stewart.
“I never looked at the numbers, but we were jammed (on Monday),” Styres said.
On Tuesday, Stewart will look to defend his Six Nations Showdown title from last year as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series returns.
If Stewart wins both races again, Styres may happily be stuck with him returning for a third year.
“He told me that if he wins here again, he’ll be back and I’ll be stuck with him for his racing career,” Styres said. “I’ll be very happy if that’s true.”