Stewart injured at Chili Bowl

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Stewart injured at Chili Bowl

Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup series champion Tony Stewart sustained injuries after flipping his Midget car during the opening laps of Friday night's qualifying Heat 8 for the 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa Expo ...

Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup series champion Tony Stewart sustained injuries after flipping his Midget car during the opening laps of Friday night's qualifying Heat 8 for the 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa Expo Raceway.

Tony Stewart.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
Stewart was taken to a local hospital complaining of pain in his right arm. Doctors took X-rays and found no broken bones. Stewart was, however, outfitted with a cast on his right arm until his personal doctors can make a diagnosis when he returns home.

"I'm a little sore," said Stewart. "The doctors were great and did a pretty thorough evaluation of me. They didn't find anything broken, but just to be sure, they fitted me with a cast that I'll wear until I meet with my doctors on Monday. It looks a lot worse than it is.

"In no way should this affect my upcoming test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, my plans to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona or my participation in Daytona Speedweeks."

Stewart was coming down the backstretch on the opening lap when he hit the wall and launched into a series of flips in his ride. The Cup champion had scored the win in the seventh heat, ending his hopes to secure a second Chili Bowl title. Stewart was racing in the Chili Bowl for the eighth time, his earlier win came in 2002.

Testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is set for the end of the month with Speedweeks officially kicking off for Nextel Cup teams on February 10th.

Stewart was treated and released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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