Fellow NASCAR drivers defend Stewart

No. #88 National Guard Chevrolet, driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. during practice for the NASCAR...

No. #88 National Guard Chevrolet, driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. (Getty Images)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

Critics have been having a field day this week pounding on Tony Stewart for racing sprint cars on dirt tracks, risking his NASCAR career.

Unless you have been in a cave over the past six days, you should know Stewart broke his right leg in two places last Monday night racing in a sprint car event at Southern Iowa Speedway.

It will keep him out of the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing for at least a month and probably until the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship starts in mid-September, effectively ending his chances at winning a fourth Sprint Cup.

On Friday at Watkins Glen International, Stewart’s competitors were vociferously defending his choice to race at small dirt tracks across the continent in between Cup events.

Especially vocal was five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson who said Stewart’s extra-curricular racing was good for the sport and he castigated the critics who thought otherwise.


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