Stubborn Stewart should focus on NASCAR

Tony Stewart pilots his No. 14 car out of Turn 4 at Ohsweken Speedway on the Six Nations Reserve...

Tony Stewart pilots his No. 14 car out of Turn 4 at Ohsweken Speedway on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ont., during a World of Outlaws event. (Brian Thompson/QMI Agency)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:01 PM ET

Early Tuesday morning in Oskaloosa, Iowa, at Southern Iowa Speedway, Tony Stewart’s quest for a fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship came to crashing finish.

Stewart was doing what he usually does on weekdays during the racing season — running in a race for winged sprint cars with 360-cubic-inch engines in his No. 14 open-wheel sprint car.

While leading the race on lap 25 of the 30-lap final, Stewart was caught in a wreck with three other cars, sending his machine rolling end over end across the track.

Stewart was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he had surgery to repair two broken bones in his right leg.

The 42-year-old Stewart was coming off a ninth- place finish at the NASCAR Sprint Cup GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday and was 11th in the championship points with one win — it would have put him in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship that starts next month at Chicagoland Speedway.

Now that is out the window.


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