Editorial: City’s famous son creates memorable county fair


With his first sprint car owner, Steve Chrisman, seated to his right, Tony Stewart talks with Tammi Leary as her 17-year-old son, C.J. Leary, qualifies to join Stewart as one of the fastest four of the evening before the three-quarter midget racing recently at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)

The Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds was a special place to be July 9. NASCAR star Tony Stewart returned to his hometown of Columbus to race.

Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, competed in a Midwest TQ Racing League event, drawing more than 3,000 spectators to the action.

While some fans were understandably disappointed that engine problems cut his night short in the feature event, the night wasn’t a disappointment overall.

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