Stewart to return to Iowa a year after accident
June 05, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Tony Stewart will be racing in Iowa a year and a day after the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion suffered a broken leg in a sprint car crash at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.
The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion missed the final 15 races in 2013 due to injuries sustained in the accident. After months of rehabilitation, he returned to Cup competition when the 2014 season got underway in February.
Fellow Cup drivers Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson will join Stewart Aug. 6 to compete against fans in winged karts at the Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville, Iowa. It's part of the third annual Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup, a fundraising effort with proceeds earmarked for children's cancer research.
Fifty fans will have the opportunity to race against the four Cup regulars in a series of eight heat races, a last-chance showdown and a 20-lap feature as part of the second annual Go-Kart Spectacular.
In addition to the karting experience, a seven-inning game of kickball featuring sprint car regulars going head-to-head will be held Aug. 8.
Both events are being held in conjunction with this year’s FVP Knoxville Nationals.
"I love going to the Knoxville Nationals and to be part of such a great event like the Kick-It Cup will make it even more fun to be there," Stewart said.
"I love racing, whether I’m driving a Cup car, a winged sprint car or a go-kart. Being able to race against fans at Slideways … and help out the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation at the same time is a win-win for everyone."
For more information about this year’s karting program, click here.
Information on the kickball game and auction can be found here.