For those worried about the news going viral in which Tony Stewart was set to announce his retirement, rest assured, it is a hoax. The news, which had quite a few NASCAR fans sweating last night, comes from a site called Empire News that describes itself satirical in nature.
According to the article:
“NASCAR Insiders Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip have informed the Associated Press that three-time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will hold a press conference in the coming days, and is expected to announce his retirement from all auto racing activities, as well as announcing the sale of his half of his ownership of Stewart-Haas Racing. The announcement comes after Stewart tragically struck and killed fellow sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr.”
Needless to say, the site features articles that are purely a figment of the imagination as the site’s disclaimer reads, “Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”
The news went viral after readers became outraged after reading the article and shared them on their social media pages. Along with sharing the news, users also posted their two cents demonstrating in full their utter disbelief.
One wrote, “If this happens, I will be done with Nascar. I was a Big Earnhardt Sr fan and when he died I started following Tony. Nascar was never the same without Sr. and will not be the same without Tony. I love Tony with all my heart and pray that he is somehow able to be at peace with himself some day. This was a terrible accident and was NOT Tonys fault. Tony would Never hurt anyone.”
While another added, “Dam!! This is just wrong. Again, I am sorry, so sorry for the Ward family’s loss. I couldn’t imagine. I understand that want someone to blame, they are grieving – but so is Tony Stewart. He has to live with this, no matter what. Kevin Ward should not of gotten out of the car. In a moment of anger, emotions, he didn’t think.”
Breathe easy NASCAR diehards, breathe easy.