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07/29/2013 - 8:06am

By Travis Larner - Racing icon and Rochester Knighthawks fan Tony Stewart will be competing at the Ohsweken Speedway against Glenn Styres and the rest of the pack in Northern Summer Nationals and the Six Nations Showdown next week.

Photos of Tony Stewart Night with the Knighthawks

Stewart will race in the Northern Summer Nationals on Monday, July 29th and the World of Outlaws Six Nations Showdown on Tuesday, July 30th. The three-time NASCAR champion is coming off a pair of victories in both sprint car races he competed in last summer in Ohsweken.

Glenn Styres, brother of Knighthawks’ Owner and General Manager Curt Styres and owner of the racetrack, has been waiting for these two races all summer. According to Glenn Styres, they are the two biggest events of the summer racing season.

“I don’t think Tony really realizes how big of a name he is, but he’s like Elvis; he’s such a big superstar,” Styres said. “We’ve already presold about 2,000 tickets for each day and the numbers are still growing. We’ve got clear weather and it’s going to be really nice.”

Although Stewart has won both World of Outlaws races at the Ohsweken Speedway in 2011 and 2012, Styres, known as the “Ohsweken Flyer” on the track, is still confident he can outrun “Smoke”. He came close to defeating him last year. In the Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car feature race on July 30, 2012, Stewart and Styres finished one-two.

“I still want to beat him,” said Styres with a laugh. “Last year I drove him to the airport after the races, and we barely had enough room in the car with all of the hardware he won.”

Stewart attended his first indoor lacrosse game on February 2nd when the Knighthawks defeated the Washington Stealth 7-6 at The Blue Cross Arena. After the game, he admitted he instantly fell in love with the Knighthawks.

“He actually called Curt and told him congratulations after the championship,” Styres said. “Tony has become a big Knighthawks fan and he said he watched all of the games and interviews online. He really loves the sport.”

The Rochester Knighthawks are a proud sponsor of both the Ohsweken Speedway and Styres’ No. 0 sprint car. On Friday, August 9th, the Knighthawks will host Art Hill Memorial Night at the speedway. For more information and tickets, please visit


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