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Tony Stewart suffers broken leg in race accident

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has broken his leg while racing in a Monday night event at Southern Iowa Speedway, and will miss at least one Cup race while recuperating.
Tony Stewart's hopes of making the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship have been put at serious risk after he broke his left on Monday night while competing in a race at Southern Iowa Speedway.

With five laps remaining, Stewart was leading the 30-lap race in a 360 winged sprint car when a lapped car spun ahead of him and collected Stewart and two others.

"It looked like he got into a lapped car," race winner Brian Brown told the Des Moines Register. "When I got close, he was flipping cage down. I didn't really have time to watch and see what was going on.

"First and foremost, we're concerned about Tony and making sure he's all right," he added. "Anytime you see him wreck like that and then leave in an ambulance, it's never good. Hopefully he's okay."

"By the time I got there, all I saw was carnage," said another competitor in the race, driver Tony Bruce Jr. immediately afterwards. "Cars and parts and pieces laying every which direction and it looked pretty bad. I knew it looked pretty bad, but hopefully Stewart is okay."

Eyewitnesses at the track said that the 42-year-old driver was conscious and talking after the accident as he was placed on a stretcher as he was transported to a local hospital. He has been diagnosed overnight with a broken right tibia and fibula. A further medical update will be made on Tuesday afternoon.

The Stewart-Haas Racing team, of which Stewart is a co-owner as well as lead driver, confirmed that Stewart will miss next weekend's NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen - where he's a five-time winner - although no replacement driver has yet been decided upon. The team also cancelled its scheduled Tuesday test at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart finished in ninth place in Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway as he seeks to make it into the top ten to qualify for the Chase play-offs that begin next month. Missing a race at this late stage with only five events remaining before the cut-off when things are so tight - he's currently in 11th place in the standings - puts his hopes of competing for the title in the autumn in serious jeopardy. He does however have one win in 2013 which may still see him squeak through on a 'most wins' wildcard.

Stewart is a big supporter of local and regional sprint car racing and his participation in events is a huge boost to attendances. Also competing in Monday night's race was NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Kyle Larson, who went on to finish second behind Brown after Stewart's accident.




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Stiggy

August 07, 2013 11:32 AM

As a Brit I don’t get to see much NASCAR and have only been to one race (Daytona for Richard Petty’s last win). For sheer spectacle and close racing it is amongst the best. Plus you can see the whole course at an oval, shock horror: the organisers think about the spectators. Not something that happens when you re-mortgage to buy tickets for a Grand Prix. On that subject: here we have a top NASCAR driver competing in a lower formula for the fun of it and to help promote grass roots sport. I cannot imagine any of today’s GP boys doing that unlike their counterparts in the 1950-60’s. So get well soon Mr Stewart and get back in one of the crazy sprint devices soon.



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