Jul 27, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart during practice for the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Stewart suffers broken leg during dirt track race

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart would have earned a wildcard spot in the Chase for the Cup if it started today, but it doesn’t, and an unfortunate injury could lead to him missing the chase altogether. According to reports, Stewart was racing on a small dirt track in the local circuit when he was caught up in a crash that ended with him suffered a broken leg.

From Sports Illustrated:

As Stewart, 42, charged into Turn 4, a car in front of him piloted by Josh Higday spun. Stewart was collected in the wreck and, according to reports, Stewart’s car wound up on its side. He broke his right tibia and fibula. Stewart was conscious as he was placed in an ambulance and driven to a local hospital. He was eventually airlifted to a Des Moines hospital where he underwent surgery.

Stewart will be out for at least this weekend’s race, but you would have to imagine that he will be out much longer and eventually miss the chase.

It was just a few weeks ago that Stewart rolled his sprint car five times.

He was lucky to be uninjured in that crash, but it didn’t stop him from getting back in one of the cars. Perhaps this recent incident that will lead to him missing the chase can be the wake up call that his racing team hopes he will have.

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