Greg Biffle confirms he was with Tony Stewart during accident: Latest injury update
While he was all set to join Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway later this month, his latest round of injury might impact his chances. Latest reports suggest Stewart has suffered a back injury, but the extent of his injuries is still not clear.
His team spokesman while announcing the news refused to divulge the details of injury. He also didnâ€™t specify as to where the stock car racer has been admitted following the accident.
Nonetheless the team spokesman Mike Arning made it clear that he was not training during the accident and that the three-time NASCAR champion was injured in a non-racing accident.
His team Stewart-Haas Racing said the 44-year-old Stewart was injured Sunday during an accident while he was riding an all-terrain vehicle somewhere on the West Coast. Team spokesman said that the racer was being evaluated at an undisclosed hospital and able to move all extremities.
Accidents are not new for Tony Stewart and he has suffered several accidents. Nonetheless right now before the accident he was looking in great shape. Drivers are expected to start preparing for NASCAR’s biggest event – the Daytona 500 – next week when SpeedWeeks kicks off with the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 13. Stewart is qualified to drive in that exhibition as a past winner. The Daytona 500 pole will be decided the next day, with the race Feb. 21. Stewart has not won a Daytona 500 in his decorated 17-year career, one of the few superlatives missing from his resume.
NASCAR chairman Brian France in a statement said, “We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart’s accident and injuryâ€¦”On behalf of everyone at NASCAR, I wish Tony a full recovery and look forward to seeing him back in our sport when he’s ready to return.”
Others too are expressing sorrow for latest accident. Speaking to reporters at the Rolex 24 at Daytona last week, AJ Foyt expressed sympathy for Stewart and said the driver has not gotten over Ward’s death. Stewart considers Foyt his hero and idolized the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner as a child.
Foty went on to add, “I feel sorry for Tony, I think people don’t realize that wreck really hurt him moreâ€¦He’s really a soft-hearted person and something like that really bothers you. I know I had an accident years ago when I ran IMC and a guy ran through the cockpit with me and threw me out on the race track and he lost his life. That bugged me and I had nothing to do with itâ€¦Things like that bother you for a long time. If you don’t have no feelings, it wouldn’t bother you but Tony’s got a lot of feelings. And I just hope he goes out on top.”
In the meantime Greg Biffle was among a group riding with Tony Stewart in the sand dunes of Southern California when Stewart suffered a back injury on Sunday, he told SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel on Wednesday night. Biffle confirmed to Sirius he was in Stewart’s group, though he “wasn’t near what went on” and didn’t see exactly what happened. “We were kind of all riding as a group,” Biffle told Sirius. “We started kind of hearing bits and pieces that he hurt his back. That’s all we knew”