Tony Stewart flipped five times during a scary sprint car wreck on a dirt track race in Canada. Thankfully, the NASCAR driver made it out of the wreck no worse for wear.
The wreck happened on Monday night as Stewart battled for the lead. It came just 24 hours after the driver finished fourth in the Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.
USA Today reports that Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arming stated of the accident, “Tony Stewart is fine. He walked away from last night’s incident unhurt and will race tonight in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature.”
Tuesday night’s race is one that Stewart has previously won. Despite the lack of injuries, Stewart’s scary crash on Monday night likely reminded him and his fans of fellow driver Jason Leffler’s fatal crash in the same type of car last month.
Leffler’s crash happened in New Jersey when his car drove into an outside barrier. Another sprint car driver, Joshua Burton, was killed in May at Bloomington Speedway in Indiana, notes ESPN.
But Tony Stewart understands the dangers of racing, and isn’t about to quit his dream job. He stated the weekend after Leffler’s tragic death:
“I am as careful as I am when I get in a car on a city street. There will be more people that die in car crashes today than die in race cars. It’s just part of it, and I am one of those that believe when it’s your time, it’s your time.”
Thankfully for Tony, Monday night’s scary crash wasn’t his time to go. This has been a busy week for the NASCAR driver, who will climb behind the wheel of a race car every day this week. While Wednesday won’t be a race, Stewart is expected to test a Sprint car.
But Stewart couldn’t “think of a better week to celebrate,” as it included the first NASCAR race at Eldora Speedway in 43 years and a win for Stewart-Haas Racing at the Brickyard on Sunday.