Tony Stewart‘s week has been up and down — quite literally. First off, his driver Ryan Newman won NASCAR‘s Brickyard 400, and his dirt track in Eldora held a NASCAR truck race that received extremely high praise.
He also told reporters at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he planned on competing in dirt races every night that week, with the exception of Wednesday due to a scheduled NASCAR Cup test.
So, Smokey, why not put your feet up and grab a cold beer?
Well, I guess a guy like Stewart, a true racer who’ll drive the wheels off anything seven days a week isn’t capable of relaxing. Instead, the 42 year old climbed into car and started a sprint car race Monday at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Canada.
As he duelled for the lead, all was looking good for three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion until lap 18 of 25, when he hit the cushion (the pile of dirt that collects in the outer groove on a dirt track) on turn three and flipped his car five times.
Amazingly and thankfully, Stewart was not hurt and he walked away from the crash. In fact, a spokesman confirmed that Stewart would still be competing in the following nights’ World of Outlaws race.
It has been an eventful few weeks of sprint car racing for Stewart, who was involved in another accident on July 16 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Gotta love old Smokey – a true die-hard racer through and through.
James Harris is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com. Follow or Like him at GarglingGas