Tony Stewart Experiences Groundhog Day in PA with Practice Wreck

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IAugust 1, 2009

It's Groundhog Day all over again here at Pocono Raceway, especially for NASCAR Cup points leader Tony Stewart.  In the previous race, qualifying was rained out and the same thing happened at this second Pocono race.

Just like in the previous race, Stewart secured the pole due to the cancellation of qualifying.

And then it happened again, just like in Groundhog Day.  In the very first practice of the day today, Tony went out took a few laps, and lost control.

Stewart hit the wall and pancaked the side of his car in the accident.  He was taken to the infield care center, given the once over, and released.

Just like the last Pocono race, when Stewart similarly crashed in practice, team Old Spice Swagger will have to go to a back up car. 

And just like the last race, the team immediately scrambled to unload Swagger car back up car as quickly as possible to utilize maximal practice time.

Stewart's team acknowledged that going to the back up piece was going to be quite a challenge.  They were grateful, however, that the back up car already had the Swagger wrap.

Unfortunately, NASCAR and Stewart's team advised that they will indeed have to start from the rear of the field in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, just like the last race.

So, take a look at the Swagger car in the picture with this article, as this was the way it looked before Groundhog day came again to Stewart's life.

Stewart can only hope that Ground Hog Day will revisit him on Sunday for the big show.  That way he will once again take the Stewart Haas team to Victory Lane.

Photo Credit: Mary Jo Buchanan