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How Tony Stewart’s Absence Has Affected the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase

On Monday, August 5 of this year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season took a drastic turn. Just 24 hours after the series' second race of the year at Pocono Raceway, one of the sport's biggest stars had his season ended early. Tony Stewart took part in a sprint car race in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was leading the 30-lap feature when a lapped car in front of him lost control. With nowhere to go, Stewart hit the spinning car, and his own automobile went flying. The result of the crash was a broken tibia and fibula in Stewart's right leg. He has been out of action since. In the aftermath of the accident, Regan Smith, Mark Martin and Austin Dillon have all had opportunities to fill in behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet. At the time of Stewart'...

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