Stewart leaves track in ambulance

Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was involved in a four-car wreck Monday night and left the Southern Iowa Speedway in an ambulance, witnesses told FOX Sports.

Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News reported that Stewart broke the fibula and tibia in his right leg and needed to undergo surgery.


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Stewart was running a winged 360 c.i. sprinter in Oskaloosa with the American Sprint Car Series and was leading when a lapped car spun in front of him. Stewart hit the lapped car and his car flipped.

Witnesses said Stewart had to be helped from the car and had an apparent leg injury. He was put on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance. His condition was not immediately known.

”It looked like he got into a lapped car,” race winner Brian Brown told The Des Moines Register. ”When I got close, he was flipping cage down. I didn’t really have time to watch and see what was going on.

”First and foremost, we’re concerned about Tony and making sure he’s all right. He’s a huge asset to our sport, especially sprint car racing and an icon in the whole motorsports field. Anytime you see him wreck like that and then leave in an ambulance, it’s never good. Hopefully he’s OK. We weren’t going to win that race. We were probably going to run third or fourth.”

Stewart’s wreck continued a recent trend for the 42-year-old driver in sprint car races. He also flipped last week at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Canada, and caused a multicar pileup at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on July 16.

“You mortals have got to learn,” Stewart said after flipping at Ohsweken. “You guys need to watch more sprint car videos and stuff. It was not a big deal. It’s starting to get annoying this week about that, so that was just an average sprint car wreck. When they wreck they get upside down like that. That was not a big deal.”

Stewart is currently 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with one victory, putting him on the bubble for the Chase — NASCAR’s playoffs. The top 10 drivers qualify for the Chase along with the next two drivers in the top 20 who have the most wins.

Stewart was scheduled to compete Sunday in the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen, one of five races remaining before the Chase begins.

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