August 5, 2013 will be a day Tony Stewart will never forget. It was in the evening that Stewart, competing in a sprint car race like he had done hundreds of times in his life, suffered the worst crash of his more than three-decade racing career.
Be it sprint cars, Sprint Cup or Indy cars, Stewart had never endured the kind of injuries he did that night, including multiple fractures of his right (driving) leg.
Right afterward, initial optimistic predictions had Stewart back racing within four to six weeks. Optimism turned to pessimism where he would in actuality miss the final 15 races of the Sprint Cup season.
He’s still not 100 percent today, 10 months later.
So how will Stewart mark the one-year “anniversary”?
Go racing, of course.
According to the Des Moines Register, one year and one day after Stewart’s horrific crash, he’ll be “celebrating” by competing in a charity go-kart race with a few of his NASCAR buddies in Knoxville, Iowa.
Joining Stewart will be Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne.
(What, no Kyle Busch? He races anything and everywhere, doesn’t he?)
Stewart was slated to race in the same event last year (the inaugural race), but obviously couldn’t because of his wreck two days earlier. Larson was a late sub and wound up winning the event.
For this year’s second edition of the kart race, the first 50 individuals who contribute $300 to Kick-It, a charity that raises money for children’s cancer research, get a chance to race against Stewart, Gordon, Kahne and Larson.
That’s right, if you ever wanted to trade paint or rub fenders with any of those four Cup drivers, now’s your chance!
Just please don’t flip Tony’s kart and break his leg again, okay?
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