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How Tony Stewart’s Crash Impacts the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase

The ripples from Tony Stewart's violent sprint car crash Monday night started slowly across social media from their roots at a small-time Southern Iowa dirt track. By sunrise, they had turned to full-fledged breakers crashing hard enough to permanently change the way NASCAR's 2013 season will end.

The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion fractured two bones in his right leg when his winged sprint car collided with a stalled vehicle as Stewart led a dirt track race in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The impact sent Stewart's car—numbered with a 14 just like his NASCAR ride—into a flipping frenzy that also snared the two drivers in second and third. Stewart's car came to rest on its wheels, but he had to be helped from the car and placed...

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