DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Last August NASCAR champion Tony Stewart saw his Sprint Cup season end abruptly. The part owner of Stewart-Haas Racing was competing in one of his many races away from the NASCAR circuit, a dirt race in Iowa, when he crashed and suffered a horrific fracture to his leg. Stewart missed the rest of the season and underwent several surgeries along with physical therapy. He skipped the preseason testing session at Daytona in January as he prepared for the 2014 season.
Friday at Daytona International Speedway, Stewart climbed back into a racecar for the first time since last August as the series took their first practice laps in preparation for Saturday nights Sprint Unlimited non-points race.
“It felt good,” Stewart said after his first practice session. “The great thing is there is zero percentage of pain in the car. That was nice. We will see what it feels like at 9 o’clock tonight, but so far so good. That is better than I was hoping for, honestly. I thought we would have some kind of ache, pain of some kind that would bother us. It was like putting on an old pair of shoes again.” MORE>>>