Tony Stewart Collects Another Battle Scar

By jamesharris
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

I recently wrote about Tony Stewart’s five-flip accident at Ohsweken Speedway last week and touched upon his true passion for racing. I gave the article the title “Tony Stewart, The Cat With Nine Lives, Flips Again”, and after reading the headlines this morning, I can’t help but feel I somehow jinxed him.

The three-time NASCAR champion will now miss this weekend’s road course race at Watkins Glen due to breaking his right leg in a sprint car race last night at Southern Iowa Speedway. Stewart will be very disappointed as he’s a five-time winner there. Stewart’s spokesman said the 42-year-old broke both his right tibia and right fibula, and an update is expected sometime on Tuesday afternoon.

The sprint car accident happened a day after Stewart finished the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. He finished ninth and now stands 11th in the points with five races to go until the Chase for the Cup. Missing out on the upcoming event that he usually does well in will likely mean he’ll also miss out on qualifying for the Chase.

Stewart led the 30-lap race at Southern Iowa Speedway in a 360-winged sprint car, and with only five laps remaining, a lapped car spun and wrecked Stewart along with two others.

I hope Stewart recovers well, and I think I’ll avoid mentioning any future crashes for a while just to be sure…

James Harris is a NASCAR writer for Follow or Like him at GarglingGas

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