Tony Stewart gets back in sprint car for first time since crash

(Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)

For the first time since he fractured his leg in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart hopped back into a sprint car Monday and went for a drive.

He tweeted a half-dozen pictures of the event with “#smokewillrise.”

“This was a huge day for me,” he tweeted. “9 1/2 months since I’ve been in one.”

Most NASCAR drivers who started out racing on dirt tracks love sprint cars and Stewart’s passion was undiminished by a crash in which he broke his right leg badly. Stewart, who missed the rest of the NASCAR season and finished 13th in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, still hasn’t recovered completely from the injury that required three operations. He walks with a limp and estimates that his recovery won’t be complete for months. His spin in a sprint car was “only a private test,” according to Eddie Jarvis, Stewart’s business manager.

Still, it looked like fun.


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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