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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.


From the Marbles: Shorter races for the better

August 11, 2011 3 comments

Pocono Raceway will reduce their NASCAR races to 400 miles next season in 2012. Credit:

Twice a year, fans have had to bear through four hour races at Pocono Raceway, but no longer will Pocono hold 500 miles.

This should be the first signs of things to come for other race tracks in the future. Today, Pocono’s CEO Brandon Igdalsky quickly made the change, two days after their last Sprint Cup Series date where Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. told reporters during Sunday’s rain delay that it was Mother Nature’s way of telling how long the race really should be.

Junior’s idea could be said for a few race tracks on the Cup Series’ schedule. Including tracks such as Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway and Dover International Speedway are just a few to mention who should have less than 400 mile races. Not only because the races are a bore to watch on television, but the tracks have major issues with putting fans in the stands.

With shorting the races 100 miles or more it will add to the excitement of the races and keep fan interest on television. Television analysts will have plenty to talk about in the three hour timeframe of the race instead of stretching for information to share with the audience.

There are specific races where more than 400 miles should be allowed. The Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest race, is an easy lock as a 500 miler just like the Indianapolis 500 for the IndyCar Series. NASCAR should stick to its roots and race at Bristol, Charlotte, Darlington and Martinsville as their other 500 mile or 500 lap races.

Tracks such as Pocono, Phoenix and Chicago are races where it can turn into a snooze fest before the action even takes place in the closing laps. Fans don’t want to sit and watch a race for four hours anymore, if they even wanted to in the first place.

Let’s face it. They’d rather be sitting on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and whatever else is out there for people to be doing.

NASCAR is seeing one of the major changes needed to be made and is why they fully back up Pocono’s decision to decrease their races in 2012 to 400 miles.

One of the most unique race courses in the world will now have a chance of providing more excitement and will be worth watching next season.

Hopefully others follow.

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