NASCAR driver and former 3 time champion Tony Stewart was rushed into surgery to repair a broken leg he suffered in a sprint car crash he suffered in Iowa. Stewart broke his leg after crashing his sprint car at the Southern Iowa Speedway.
Stewart broke both his broken tibia and fibula, he was rushed into following the accident. Stewart, who is currently 11th in the cup standings is going to miss this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen N.Y.
A replacement driver hasn’t been named yet. Stewart was leading the 30 lap race with just 5 laps to go when he ran into another sprint car and flipped at the half-mile dirt track located in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Stewart was conscious and talking to responders after being placed on a stretcher following the accident. Stewart is expected to miss races that will bring an end to his 2013 cup race. He was only one point out of the top ten and with the injury and the surgery it is not clear when he will be able to return to NASCAR races.
Stewart has always had a love for sprint car racing, Tony Stewart Racing fields a variety of sprint cars. He just suffered a flip a week earlier and he was able to walk away from that crash. This time he wasn’t so lucky.
When asked about his involvement in sprint car racing Stewart had this to say; “I am as careful as I am when I get in a car on a city street.” “There will be more people that die in car crashes today than die in race cars today. It’s just part of it and I am one of those that believe when it’s your time, it’s your time.”
We are glad it wasn’t Tony Stewart’s time.
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