NASCAR champ Stewart wrecks in Shootout practice
Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has wrecked
during practice for the exhibition Budweiser Shootout at Daytona
Stewart, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, AJ
Allmendinger and Jeff Gordon were involved in a six-car accident
about 45 minutes into the first practice session Friday.
Stewart was transported to the infield care center, treated and
released. He seemed to start the melee by driving into the left
side of Kurt Busch’s rear bumper, turning the No. 51 Chevrolet
sideways and setting off the wreck.
The cars of Stewart, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Keselowski and
Allmendinger sustained significant damage. It appeared all of those
drivers were switching to backup cars.
Gordon’s car sustained minor damage.
The Budweiser Shootout, a non-points race, kicks off the 2012
season Saturday night.