Tony Stewart flips sprint car in crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tony Stewart escaped unscathed on Monday night from a wreck that saw his sprint car flip five times while he raced for the lead during a dirt-track race in Canada.

"Tony Stewart is fine,'' Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning said Tuesday. "He walked away from last night's incident unhurt and will race tonight in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature.''

Stewart is the defending champion in the event, which will be held Tuesday night at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario.

On July 16 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Stewart was one of more than a dozen drivers involved in a sprint car accident that sent 19-year-old Alysha Ruggles' car airborne. Ruggles suffered a compression fracture in her back, her mother told the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester).

Monday's incident came 24 hours after Stewart finished fourth in the Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400, which SHR teammate Ryan Newman won.

Stewart said after the Brickyard 400 that he planned to race every day this week except for Wednesday, when he is scheduled to test a Sprint Cup car.

"We have a busy week,'' said the three-time Cup champion, who is 11th in the standings heading into Sunday's race at Pocono Speedway. "Can't think of a better week to celebrate.''

Stewart has not backed down from his schedule despite two recent deaths in sprint car races.

Jason Leffler, a good friend of Stewart's, was killed in June at a race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. Joshua Burton was killed in late May at Bloomington Speedway in Indiana.

"I am as careful as I am when I get in a car on a city street," Stewart said the weekend after Leffler's death. "There will be more people that die in car crashes today than die in race cars. It's just part of it, and I am one of those that believe when it's your time, it's your time."