Some bad news for NASCAR fans: Tony Stewart suffered a broken leg in his crash at the Southern Iowa Speedway on Monday night. Stewart had surgery early on Tuesday morning to fix his tibia and fibula, but a second surgery will be required to repair all of the damage.
While support and condolences have been pouring in from around the NASCAR world, there have also been the rumblings of an ideological debate about whether professional drivers should drive in minor league events. Weighing in on the issue on Tuesday was the not-always-popular Kyle Petty:
If I’m an owner with a driver and 300-plus employees that depend on that driver getting in the car each weekend because the sponsor pays me, then I not only have to protect myself, I have to protect my business and employees. As a driver, I’m going to say, ‘This is what I do. I don’t live in a bubble. I can’t let life live me. I have to live it and can’t just sit on my rear end and do just this one thing. I want to drive everything I can.’
Therein lies what will be the compromise between the owners and drivers. (USA Today Sports)
While the tension between owners and drivers will be interesting to monitor if the debate picks up steam, obviously our main concern is with Stewart and his injury. We wish him the speediest recovery possible.
[Source: USA Today Sports]