Leah Pruett has decided to step away from NHRA drag racing in 2024 to prioritize starting a family with her husband, Tony Stewart. 

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The couple, married for just over two years, made the decision based on personal considerations and a desire to shape their family life.

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The decision was influenced by personal situations in their lives, and Pruett emphasized the time constraints, especially for female racers.

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Despite a successful season with two wins and a career-best third-place finish in the NHRA standings, Pruett and Stewart prioritized long-term family goals over immediate racing achievements.

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Pruett revealed she suffers from Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder affecting her thyroid function, which adds complexity to her health

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Pruett expressed her intention to return to driving Top Fuel as soon as she feels ready, emphasizing her love for racing.

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Tony Stewart, a NASCAR Hall of Famer, will replace Pruett in the Top Fuel dragster for the upcoming season

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Stewart clarified that he did not ask for the role or pressure the team into choosing him, emphasizing that it was a team decision based on discussions with Pruett and the progress he showed in the previous season.

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Stewart expressed humility and honor in being chosen to fill in for his wife, acknowledging the uniqueness of a male racer stepping out of the seat for family reasons.

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 Beyond NHRA, Stewart's racing empire includes Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR, Tony Stewart Racing sprint car team, and ownership in various grassroots racetracks across the U.S.

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