Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tony Stewart visits fans injured from Saturday's wreck in the hospital


On Sunday, Tony Stewart was involved in a crash during the Daytona 500 which denied him his first chance at winning the sport's biggest race. He finished 41st and said afterward that he was "heartbroken and disappointed" in the outcome.

However, his misfortune in the race didn't stop him from visiting fans at a local Daytona Beach hospital, who were injured during Saturday's Nationwide Series race when a fiery crash on the last lap sent debris flying into the stands. He immediately expressed concern for the fans after the scary incident.

"We've always known since racing was started this was a dangerous sport, but we assume that risk, and it's hard when the fans get caught up in it," Stewart said in a subdued celebration that day. "So as much as we want to celebrate now and as much as this is a big deal to all of us, I'm more worried about the drivers (injured) and the fans in the stands right now, because I could see it all in the mirror, and it didn't look good from where I was at, either."

Stewart, who won Saturday's race, spent more than two hours after the Daytona 500 visiting with six patients still hospitalized at Halifax Health. He interacted at length with five of them, according to a Stewart-Haas Racing spokesperson.

Each patient received an autographed hat from sponsor Bass Pro Shops in which Stewart personalized in their presence.

Stewart's trip was not meant to be publicly known, but news of the occurrence quickly began to spread onto Twitter by Monday afternoon.

Stewart may have a reputation for being a controversial guy at times, but this story definitely shows his more compassionate side. It was a classy act indeed by the veteran driver.

Via USA TODAY

59 comments:

  1. This just goes to show you that even the one's that are percieved to be butt heads still have feelings for those of us that just enjoy watching what some people call fools going in circles. I would like to say Thank You Tony for showing compassion for this selfless act and not wanting to try and make it into some sort of media thing. THANKS AGAIN!!!!

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  2. classy Tony thanks

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    1. Second the motion. A real racer and a great guy for sure.

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  3. NASCAR knows the fans are important. Tony showed he was a class act!

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    1. Tony is the man. shows real charater

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  4. I love you Tony. You are a class act. xox Kelli xox

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  5. That is my man. Go #14.

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  6. Tony, you are awesome. You show us what a winner, and a compassionate person is. I hope you excell for what you have done.

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  7. Have ALWAYS like Smoke...... he is for sure, a CLASS ACT. :)

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  8. Tony says what needs to be said, and does what needs to be done. Well done Tony!

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  9. SMOKE!!! Once again you've proven to be a GREAT role model to my 5 year old son & I! You did right by the injured fans as well as by all of the fans who watch you week in and week out!! Great job!! I'm sure the injured fans really appreciated you!!! Thank you! Laura and Nicholas

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  10. Smoke: You made the #14 stand proud. I am confident AJF is also proud that you represent the #14. As others have said: "a true class act". Thanks. Long time Indy car and Nascar fan.

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  11. That's why your my favorite. You are a real good guy as well as being a great driver. Thanks for all you do.

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  12. Smoke, I have followed your career since the home depot sponsor days. I always considered you a professional on and off the track. Thanks for doing what we as fans could not.....checking in on those injured fans from the Nationwide race. Sorry the 500 did not go well. Expected you and Danica to be at the top on Sunday

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    1. Expected Tony at the top, he deserves it. Danica, nothing classy about her.

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    2. Should have just left it a comment on Stewart. No reason to mention Danica.

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    3. No reason not to either when she is such an annoyance, it just comes out!

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  13. Kind of reminds me of another Nascar Driver who was feared and respected at the track but never sought recognition for the things he did for others both on and off the track, #3. Great job Tony but I always said you were a class act. Good luck this year for all of you at Stewart/Hass...............

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  14. Was there on sat. for the race, crazy what happened on last lap. Thoughts and prays for the fans injured. Class act Smoke on visiting hospital.

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  15. Smoke you are a class act for the rest to follow. We love you and wish for you the very best this year.

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  16. Thank You Tony , have always liked you, you tell it like it is , and show the fans that you are a class act that other people in nascar can learn from, go #14.

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  17. Thanks Tony this goes to show what type person you are. This means a lot to the race fans kowning we have drivers that care. Thanks Again Smoke

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  18. You are definitely a class act! A positive representative for the sport! It is a shame more of the drivers didn't do the same.

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  19. You are definitely a class act! A positive representative for the sport! It is a shame more of the drivers didn't do the same.

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  20. I've met Tony in an autograph session, he was very kind. And yes he is known for being a hot head at times but he has always seemed to have a heart. I'm glad he went and visited the fans and kept it down low...that shows even more how thoughtful it was.

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  21. Having followed Tony from his days in USAC to the IRL to NASCAR I must admit that I too thought he was a bit of a hot-headed person. What this shows me and everyone else is that he is one of the most compasionate people in the entire racing world! Thanks Tony! You have me respect forever...

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  22. TONY is a class act ....More drivers need do what TONY did .....Way to go TONY.....THANKS...

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  23. You didnt see Johnson or Gorden doing what TONY....did .....you want either....They are not a class act like every body thinks ....They only think of themselfs

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    1. You have no clue what they do or have done for people like you and me... This was a great thing that Tony did and you instead of lifting him up for this you trash others, You and your post need not to be on here... I feel sorry for you that you have nothing but hate in you and this post shows it... God bless Tony and all the ones that got hurt at the track my prayers go out to all of you...

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  24. TONY is a very class act...More drivers needed to do what he did.....Thanks SMOKE......NO.14

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    1. thats the point no one else did. just goes to show who is a TRUE CLASS ACT RACE CAR DRIVER!!!!!HES GOT HEART!!!!!

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  25. What's the matter with people? Why are they so surprised you have a heart?You are the best,Kiddo !!!!!!!

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  26. god bless you tony-i will say a prayer for those fans who were unfortunatly hurt and says thaks for people like yu in this world

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  27. Re Tony Stewart: The character of a man is measured not by the spoken word but by his actions. After he won that race on Saturday night, he remained motionless in the car for a few minutes before exiting it.That act, along with abandoning the celebratory prerequisites, displayed volumes of his character as his words complemented the actions of a selfless and compassionate individual.Your display of civility and humility towards your fellowman in today's environment is a rare quality. You will always be judged by what you have done, not what you have said.

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  28. several years ago one man talked and nascar listened, he just happened to be the late great Dale Sr. In my opinion now adays that man is SMOKE, he is one class act

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  29. Re: Smoke the true copassion and actions of a real racer. Thank you for being whats been lost over the years. You sir are a real true old time racer Speedy ohio

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  30. I personally met Tony when he showed up to sign autographs at the Salem IN speedway in the 90's. His so called attitude in my opinion comes from just being a committed competitor. He's grown as a racer and with this selfless act of compassion a MAN as well. Thanks Tony for being a true Champion. Best of Luck this season. Jeff

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  31. You're a champ on and off the track Mr.Stewart.
    Hope you have a safe and winning season.

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  32. "On Sunday, Tony Stewart was involved in a crash during the Daytona 500 which denied him his first chance at winning the sport's biggest race."

    Wrong. He was denied his chance at winning his first. It was not his first chance. He has been in the Daytona 500 many times.

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    1. What does that have to do with Saturday's crash. It's what Tony did on Sunday after he the race that mattes. Good luck this year!

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  33. Our B'Days are the same day we are strong but very caring people.

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  34. I met Tony at an autograph session that had been delayed by road closures due to the arrival of the President into the city. Smoke sat there and interacted with each person as he signed whatever was presented to him. It was a sponsor scheduled event wjich he fullfilled always smiling. Mr. Stewart is involved many activities under the radar, just like showing up at the hospital unannounced to visit those injured at the track. Smoke, go ahead and show your emotions, just like anyone else does at times,and you remain a class act because that is who you are....a CLASS ACT.

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  35. A real class Act ;He knows if there are no fans,there is no Nascar!

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  36. Since the death of Dale Ernhardt, I have had trouble getting behind the sport. In the past couple years Tony is becoming a driver that i can support. Alot of the new and up and coming drivers are whiners in my mind. Tony gets out and drives like you suppose to. It's Racing , not a pagent.

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  37. Tony you are the man and that visit shows it. Thanks for all you do for the sport of racing. Good luck the rest of the year.

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  38. Tony...you have always been the man...Go #14.
    Great Job on the track and off as always.

    Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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  39. I have been a Stewart fan for over ten years now and this story made me so proud to be one!!

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  40. I told all my friends in 1999, Tony's rookie season in NASCAR, that he was going to be a great racer and strong asset to NASCAR. Tony has never let me down. You are the best Tony.

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  41. I've always been a fan. Now I know you deserve my respect and admiration as well. Thanks Tony..Great guy!

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  42. Tony; your a true winner
    Thanks
    a fan

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  43. Thank you Tony for being there to represent all of your fans
    who could not be "there" to give our thoughts and prayers personlly. You are the best!!!

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  44. Tony, have always thought you were a top guy, but your compassion just jacked it up a notch. Thanks for proving what I've always said about you!

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  45. Tony is always a class act! way to go Tony wish some of the other had also gone too!

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  46. this is nothin new for Tony,same guy on as off the track...BIG HEART,BIG RACER..i will be a fan forever..

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  47. Thank you Tony my man for showing all the compassion. This is one of the reasons you are and always will be #1. I love you, Go Smoke!!! XXXOOO

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  48. I am very proud of you for showing your true feelings toward the injured in the hospital from Saturday's crash. You will continue to be my favorite Sprint cup Driver as I don't watch Nationwide or the Trucks. Thanks Tony your the best. redbirdy230

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  49. Im not surprized at all that Tony would do this, and try to keep the Media out of the loop. He is not only a great driver but a great person as well, Good luck this year Tony!

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  50. I just became a Tony fan :D

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