Back-to-back: Stewart races sprint car again, finishes third
Just one night after winning his first sprint car race in nearly a year, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was back racing again, finishing third behind Randy Hannagan and Dustin Daggett in the SOD/N.R.A. Engine Pro Challenge at Crystal Motor Speedway in Michigan.
Friday night, Stewart raced his winged sprint car for the first time since early last August, when he suffered a double compound fracture of his right leg in a crash at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
The leg injury, which Stewart said would take a full year to heal and is reportedly still causing him pain, required three surgeries to repair.
Stewart did not get back into a race car of any kind until Daytona Speedweeks in February, when he ran the normal NASCAR schedule.
Nevertheless, Stewart has run the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. And Friday night he won his first dirt sprint car race since his Iowa crash of 2013, claiming victory at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Mich.
Stewart was unable to repeat on Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway, but still had a solid third-place run.