Via Bush League Chronicles:
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