Tony Stewart, Past Sprint Cup Champion, causes 15 car wreck in Sprint Car Race

Fifteen cars wrecked, two people hurt, and Tony Stewart takes responsibility

7/17/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Blog Photo - Tony Stewart, Past Sprint Cup Champion, causes 15 car wreck in Sprint Car RaceThe video is  a long one, as the spectator who shot it, "TheOutlawVideoSS" on YouTube, was obviously recording the race.  If you don't care for the Sprint cars, jump ahead to about the 6 minute and 20 second mark.  About ten seconds later, you see the carnage caused by former Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart.  

Tony owns his own racetrack, and hosts charity races there, in addition to good old fashioned Saturday night races - or any other night of the week.  This week, however, Tony was participating at Canadaiqua Motorsports Park.  He is interviewed early on in the video, offering his opinion of the racetrack, his car and what can be expected.  The prade laps begin and the drivers perform the four wide salute to the fans.  The green flag is waved, and it's only when the race hits lap 7 that things get ugly.






Thankfully, just after the 7 minute mark, drivers can be seen climbing from their cars and rushing to help out other drivers.  The persons filming the video can be heard offering their opinions of the wreck, and their hopes that no one was injured.  Unfortunately, two drivers, Paul Kinney, and Alysha Ruggles, only 19, were injured.  Thankfully, the result was not worse, and no one was killed.  

Tony did acknowledge responsibilty, and hopefully his pockets are deep enough to help out the teams he destroyed in trying to put his car where it just did not belong.
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7/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
why is this not already occurring... we've put a man on the moon but we have not developed a manner to protect drivers of race cars......

I honestly don't know.  Safety measures should be the highest priority in all forms of racing.  Sadly, the lesser series don't seem to place the emphasis on safety that the major series do.

7/21/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I don't know that I agree that it is the danger that makes it great, certainly the smaller cars are more unstable and at greater risk of flipping, but to say the "danger" is what makes it great? I would like to see them keep the cars relatively as is, but perhaps initiate a better cage, or driver's cocoon, if you will. Everything happens so fast in these cars that a wreck is almost over as soon as it has begun. I love this style of racing, these kinds of cars and the IMCA Modifieds we see in Canada, but I hate the wrecks we are seeing more often.

why is this not already occurring... we've put a man on the moon but we have not developed a manner to protect drivers of race cars......

7/18/13   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Maybe to be safe we just use video games in the future.....Its the danger that makes this type of racing great....to be continued...

I don't know that I agree that it is the danger that makes it great, certainly the smaller cars are more unstable and at greater risk of flipping, but to say the "danger" is what makes it great? I would like to see them keep the cars relatively as is, but perhaps initiate a better cage, or driver's cocoon, if you will. Everything happens so fast in these cars that a wreck is almost over as soon as it has begun. I love this style of racing, these kinds of cars and the IMCA Modifieds we see in Canada, but I hate the wrecks we are seeing more often.

7/18/13   |   JenX63   |   33298 respect

too soon for me...glad everyone is relatively ok...like you said Debi, everyone "walked" away...

7/17/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Maybe to be safe we just use video games in the future.....Its the danger that makes this type of racing great....to be continued...