BLOWBACK: Should Smoke Race Sprint Cars?
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart broke his right tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash last night at Southern Iowa Speedway.
Stewart has been criticized by the mainstream media in the past for his insistence on racing on short tracks and he’s taking a beating today for jeopardizing his NASCAR career and championship hopes by racing his sprint car.
While Stewart has been involved in large number of sprint car accidents over the past month, he’s one of the largest supporters of short-track racing there is and he’s been a loud supporter of the sport when others have criticized that segment of the racing industry.
Today, Stewart’s fellow NASCAR drivers have rallied to his support with Twitter posts on his behalf.
Here’s a sampling:
Ryan Newman: Can’t blame a guy for doing what he loves. Hoping my buddy Tony has a fast recovery.
Juan Pablo Montoya: Heard about Tony’s leg this morning. That sucks for him, specially having The Glen this weekend. Hope he gets better soon.
Kasey Kahne: Thinking about Tony this morning. Heal up quick buddy! Leading A-main when crash happened. All Smoke does is go fast.
Aric Almirola: Just saw the news about Stewart. Man I hope he heals up quick!
Mark Martin: I’m really sorry to hear about Tony Stewart’s injury. Thankful it wasn’t worse.
David Stremme: Wish Tony a speedy recovery. Good thing it wasn’t any worse.
Clint Bowyer: Hate it for Tony, he does what he loves and has single handedly sold out crowds at short tracks all across country for years. That’s impact.
Taylor Ferns, who races sprint cars as well as stock cars in the ARCA Racing Series, shared her own unique opinion: I think that everyone hating on sprint car racing right now just isn’t manly enough to ever get in the seat of one.
NSSN Says: It’s bad timing for an injury with the Chase approaching, but Smoke has run thousands of races with very few injuries. Short-track racing is not to blame, he was leading when caught up in the accident.
What do you think?