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Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized with a broken leg early Tuesday morning after crashing at a sprint car race in Iowa.
Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning said Stewart sustained a broken right tibia and fibula in a crash at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where he underwent surgery.
Stewart will miss at least this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen; Arning said a replacement has not been named and it’s unknown how long Stewart will be out overall. A test scheduled for Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway has also been canceled.
The sprint car accident came a day after Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. He’s 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the Cup field is set. Missing the Watkins Glen race means Stewart likely will miss the Chase.
The driver/team owner was leading the 30-lap feature of the Front Row Challenge with five laps remaining when Josh Higday’s car spun on Turn 4 and collected the top three cars — Stewart, Tasker Phillips and Tony Shilling.
Track officials said Stewart, 42, was conscious and talking to responders after being placed on a stretcher.(USA Today)
This accident came just a week after Stewart took a big tumble at a Canadian race track flipping several times on the back straight during a sprint car race before last weeks Sprint Cup race at Pocono! Upon being questioned by the media about that spectacular tumble, Stewart chastised the reporters for making such a big deal out of that crash!
Last Friday, during a press conference at Pocono Raceway, Stewart was asked about that wreck. When it was suggested that it looked nasty to observing “mortals”, Stewart said, “You mortals have got to learn, you guys need to watch more sprint car videos and stuff. It was not a big deal. It’s starting to get annoying this week about that so that was just an average sprint car wreck. When they wreck they get upside down like that. That was not a big deal.
“I guarantee you there were 15-20 guys across the country that flipped just like that this weekend and were just fine just like we were. If it’s bad we will let you guys know. That was not bad at all. I raced the next night and ran fifth and the World of Outlaw race. It was not bad.”
Was that crash a precursor of what was to be?
So it is safe to say that the broken leg will be the death sentence for Tony Stewart’s chances of being in the 2013 Chase for the Cup! Who will SHR get to fill in for Smoke in the SHR #14 Mobil1 Chevy? These questions, as well as many more, will be answered in the next few days!
Stay tuned sports fans!
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