Greg Biffle, who was part of the group driving sand buggies in the Arizona desert when Tony Stewart was injured Sunday, was told by those who assisted Stewart that he was “in a lot of pain” after the incident.
Motorsport.com first reported on Tuesday that Biffle was part of group driving sand buggies on Sunday in the Glamis Sand Dunes in California when Stewart suffered what sources have described as a “serious” back injury.
Biffle speaks publicly for the first time since incident
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“I wasn’t near what went on and I didn’t really see what happened. But the dunes are unpredictable and, you know, you can land harder on some spots than others,” Biffle said. “I tell you what, I’ve knocked the wind out of myself; I’ve thought I’d broke my tailbone or back before. I don’t know exactly Tony’s situation or exactly what happened, but it can be done.”
Biffle said cell phone service in the area was terrible but eventually members of the group riding in the dunes received “bits and pieces” of news regarding Stewart’s injury.
“I do know that the people that helped him – I don’t know if he got out of the car on his own – (said) he was walking and moving all his extremities and all that, but he was in a lot of pain,” Biffle said.
Stewart attended the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday and the next day a group including Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Don Prudhomme, Ray Evernham, Biffle and car collector Ron Pratte traveled to Pratte’s home near Winterhaven, Calif., on the Arizona/California border, to ride sand buggies in the desert.
In Stewart-Haas Racing’s initial statement Tuesday, it said Stewart, 44, was awake and alert and could move his extremities but no further update on his condition would be available until at least Thursday.
“We can’t live in a bubble. We can try to minimize the risk by not doing anything crazy,” “Biffle said. “But things happen.”