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Stewart injures arm after flipping midget car

1/18/2006

TULSA, Okla. -- Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony
Stewart injured his right arm after he flipped his car during a
qualifying race for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

Stewart, a two-time Cup champion, complained of pain in his arm
after Friday night's race at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. He was
examined and treated at a local hospital. A spokesman for Stewart
said X-rays and a CT scan were both negative, but Stewart was
fitted with a cast until a more extensive evaluation can be made by
his own doctors.

"I'm a little sore," Stewart said after leaving the hospital
Friday night. "The doctors were great and did a pretty thorough
evaluation of me. They didn't find anything broken, but just to be
sure, they fitted me with a cast that I'll wear until I meet with
my doctors on Monday. It looks a lot worse than it is."

He said the injury won't affect his upcoming test at Las Vegas
Motor Speedway or his plans to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours of
Dayton and Daytona Speed Weeks.

Stewart, a former U.S. Auto Club champion in Midgets, sprint
cars and Silver Crown cars, still races in several short track
events each year for fun.