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Stewart left shaken and bruised

Associated Press
Tony Stewart’s crew loads his car onto a tractor-trailer after a hard accident, triggered by a tire failure, ended his race.

Associated Press Tony Stewart’s crew loads his car onto a tractor-trailer after a hard accident, triggered by a tire failure, ended his race.

LAS VEGAS — Two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart bruised his foot, but was otherwise fine after a frightening crash Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I was kind of worried, my legs, my entire legs from my hips down were just tingling," Stewart said. "And I had pain in my lower back and that kind of scared me a little bit. I've not had my legs tingle like that before."

Stewart wrecked 108 laps into the UAW Dodge 400 when the right front tire on his Toyota failed. It sent the car hard into the wall, and he immediately called for help.

"I'm hurt," he radioed his team before slowly climbing from the car. With the assistance of two emergency personnel, he gingerly walked into a waiting car that took him to the infield care center.

Stewart bruised his right foot in a hard accident in Saturday's Nationwide Series race, and said Sunday that he hit his foot in the Sprint Cup wreck.

"I just hit a spot that was already tender and sore," he said. "It's the inside of my foot, just hit it off the pedal and bruised it a little bit. But today's hit was probably 10 times harder."

The tingling in his legs frightened the veteran, but he said the sensation had improved by the time he was cleared to leave the care center.

Stewart said he planned to participate in the Cup test scheduled today and Tuesday in Phoenix, and he'd be fine to race next weekend in Atlanta.

ALLMENDINGER ON HOLD?: Red Bull Racing is considering temporarily pulling A.J. Allmendinger from his Toyota as the team reevaluates a struggling program.

Allmendinger failed to qualify for Sunday's race, making him 0-for-3 on the season. Brian Vickers has made all three races in the other Red Bull car.

"We can't keep missing races. It's just not an option," said general manager Jay Frye, hired in January to turn around the second-year program.

NO PARTY FOR BIFFLE: Greg Biffle wasn't ready to celebrate after his third-place finish.

"I'm unhappy that I didn't win," Biffle said. "I kept screwing up and never got my track position where I needed it.

"But this is a bunch of confidence. I'm so excited about it that I can't wait till next week and those next couple of weeks to get some more race tracks and give it another shot because I felt like we could have won today."

Stewart left shaken and bruised 03/02/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:24am]
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