By Dave Grayson
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart was transported to an Iowa hospital Monday night following an accident in a Sprint Car race. Stewart underwent surgery for a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg.
Stewart was driving a 360 sprint car, in an August 5th American Sprint Car Series race, at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa-Iowa. According to reports, Stewart was leading the race with five laps remaining when a lapped car spun in front of him. The contact collected Stewart’s car, as well as two others. Stewart’s car reportedly slid into the infield area where it flipped over on it cage.
Stewart’s love of driving in sprint car races, in between his NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, is well known. Unfortunately, his extracurricular activities has hit a rough patch lately. Monday night marks his third, spectacular, sprint car accident in a brief period of only 20 days.
The first incident occurred back on July 16th at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York state where Stewart accidentally triggered a ten car incident. Unfortunately Alysha Ruggles, a 19 year driver from the local area, suffered a broken vertebrae in her back from this crash.
On July 29th Stewart was racing at the Ohsweken Speedway, in Ontario-Canada, where he hit a dirt cushion in a turn and flipped his sprint car end over end five times. Stewart walked away from this accident.
Monday night’s injury means that Stewart will not be driving his #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in next Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen-New York. Sadly, missing Sunday’s race will likely mean that Stewart will not make the line up for the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship. There has yet to be an announcement from Stewart-Haas regarding who will drive Stewart’s car at Watkins Glen.