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Broken Leg Sidelines Tony Stewart

August 6, 2013 1 comment

Tony Stewart crashes at Southern Iowa Speedway and sustains a broken right leg. He will miss this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. (Credit: OskyNews)

Tony Stewart crashes at Southern Iowa Speedway and sustains a broken right leg. He will miss this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. (Credit: OskyNews)

Three-time champion Tony Stewart will miss NASCAR’s upcoming weekend at Watkins Glen International after wrecking a Sprint Car Monday night suffering a broken right leg.

Stewart was transported to a local hospital from Southern Iowa Speedway by ambulance after a four-car wreck in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Sustaining a broken right tibia and fibula forced him to undergo surgery following the accident.

Timing is everything in motorsports, and NASCAR hasn’t seen a detrimental injury toward a championship-caliber driver this late in the season in multiple years. Stewart is 11th in the Sprint Cup standings and has one win this season at Dover in June with five races remaining until the Chase.

Stewart-Hass Racing has not yet announced a driver to replace Stewart for this upcoming weekend in the No. 14, but they did cancel a test scheduled today to take place at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Here is the statement left by SHR regarding Stewart’s sprint car wreck and injuries:

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a broken right tibia and fibula in a Sprint Car crash Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Stewart was transported to a local hospital immediately following the accident and underwent surgery. An injury update will be provided later this afternoon.

A scheduled test for today at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been canceled. A replacement driver for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International has not been determined. Information regarding the No. 14 team’s driver status at Watkins Glen will be provided once it is known.

Stewart is a five-time winner at Watkins Glen, but will miss his first Sprint Cup race since before 1999. Two weeks ago, Stewart flipped multiple times in a Sprint Car race prior to his fourth-place finish at the Brickyard 400.

tstewartHe has been adamant about sprint car racing after the death of Jason Leffler in June.

“I’d be grateful if you guys would understand that what happened this week wasn’t because somebody didn’t do something right with the race track,” Stewart said days after Leffler’s death. “It was an accident. Just like if you go out and there’s a car crash. It’s an accident.”

“Nobody as a track owner wants to go through what happened, but it’s not due to a lack of effort on their part to try to make their facilities as safe as possible under the conditions they have.”

Friday after Sprint Cup practice at Pocono, he echoed those comments after his accident in Ontario calling it “just another accident.”

“You mortals have got to learn, you guys need to watch more sprint car videos and stuff,” he said. “It was not a big deal. It’s starting to get annoying this week about that. That was just an average sprint car wreck. When they wreck, they get upside down like that.”

Today, and outpour of comments, opinions and get-well wishes have been circulating on Twitter and Facebook pages from drivers, team members, journalists and fans. The hashtag #GetWellSmoke is a popular use to join the conversation with other NASCAR individuals and fans.

Fellow competitors who also race extracurricular events such as Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson have expressed their thoughts for Stewart via Twitter. Larson finished second in the Sprint Car race Monday night.


Seeing the stars aligning for Danica toward a first Sprint Cup race

March 10, 2011 Comments off

Danica Patrick's No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet sits after the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona. Credit:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has talked about moving JR Motorsports to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series if the stars aligned whether it was him behind the wheel or Danica Patrick.

Patrick finished a career high 4th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday by nearly running the car out of fuel. By doing so, she etched herself into another racing record book as the highest finishing woman in a national NASCAR event that stood since 1949 by Sara Christian.

After the first three races, Patrick has improved drastically over the previous year. At Daytona she ran 14th, an unexpected 17th at Phoenix and then 4th at Las Vegas.

Before Danica Mania starts shooting fireworks and celebrating, they should understand what improvements need to be made before the jump to the Cup Series is discussed.


Learning to drive stockcars, coming from open-wheel backgrounds, has been beaten into our heads for years that it does not happen overnight. She will have her up and down races where she may struggle with the track, car or drivers around her.

Producing top-25 finishes is the consistency she needs when she switches from the IZOD IndyCar Series to NASCAR over the next eight months.  With the equipment supplied by JR Motorsports, Patrick will be capable of running inside the top-15 every time she sets behind the wheel of the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet.

If consistency is shown over the next three months, it is possible Danica will drive at least one Sprint Cup race in 2011.

The question is where will she make the attempt?

Of course the answer is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400.

There is not a better place for her to start her career in the Cup Series than the speedway she first set a record in IndyCar being the first woman to lead a lap in the Indianapolis 500. It is likely after the 2011 Indianapolis 500, she will have driven over 3,000 miles in the prestigious event.

If the stars aligned, it could be fitting for Go Daddy to sponsor her in a car provided by JR Motorsports with a technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports.  Since Mark Martin, driver of the No. 5 Go Chevrolet, will be sponsored by Quaker State at the Brickyard, it opens up the possibility.

She would need to qualify the car on speed, but with the experience and team she would have could set up for a fitting weekend.

Luckily for her, the IndyCar Series has an off week the weekend of the Brickyard, allowing the possibility of something to come.

Call me crazy, but I am a part of Danica-mania.

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