Tony Stewart is of course known as one of the most popular drivers in all of NASCAR, but the Sprint Cup Series isn’t the only thing he participates in. Besides the many days of the year that Stewart rides on NASCAR’s most famous tracks, he also finds time to participate in dirt track events, mostly with sprint car racing.
Stewart was partaking in a sprint car race at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Cananda recently, and mid-way through the race he lost control and started ‘barrel rolling,’ as they call it.
These types of wrecks are fairly common in sprint car racing, but usually the drivers walk away. Stewart was one of those lucky drivers, as he was fine following the event.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to lose control of a sprint car. For those that have never witnessed them in person, they are extremely loud and powerful machines. Sprint Cars are typically raced in two classes of motors (410 & 360), and they can reach speeds in excess of 140 mph. Their speeds are really impressive, when you consider that they’re basically huge go-karts with wings.
The sprint car national circuit is called the World of Outlaws and the sport’s biggest event takes place in Knoxville, IA each August at the Knoxville Nationals. It’s a town of of about 7,000 people that has grown to 75,000 in the past with race fans during the annual four-day event. 2013 will mark the 53rd running of the Nationals.
Stewart and Ryan Newman have both raced at the event in the past.
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