On Tuesday news surfaced that three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized following an ATV crash on the West Coast. Today the story developed, with NASCAR.com confirming Stewart’s resulting injuries from the crash will sideline him for the beginning of his final NASCAR season.
Stewart suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebrae in the crash while driving an all-terrain vehicle Sunday. He underwent surgery Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina for his injuries, however a timeline for his recovery has not yet been provided.
Also not yet known is who will serve as the interim driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS in Stewart’s absence, however it seems Stewart-Haas racing has someone in mind, with the outfit saying a decision “has not been finalized.”