Tony Stewart will know more about the progress of his condition after undergoing x-rays today, Fox Sports reports.
Stewart injured his L1 vertebrae in January while driving an all-terrain vehicle on the west coast. The injury sidelined him during the 2016 Daytona 500 and will also likely force him to miss the rest of the beginning of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, however a timeline for his recovery has not yet been provided.
“That’s the first time since the surgery that we’ll have an update, have a progress report,” Stewart said. “But for a month now, I haven’t done anything but just kind of chill out. The doctors want me lying in bed and walking. They don’t want me sitting and standing. I’m definitely breaking the rules.”
When Stewart does return, he’s hoping that the race series will give him a pass on the rule that required him to participate in every single race of the season to be eligible for the Chase. A similar pardon was handed to Kyle Busch last year after he broke his leg in a crash in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race and missed 11 races.
“Whatever they decide, they decide,” Stewart said. “I would like to think it’s going to be similar to what they did last year with Kyle. The biggest thing I’m worried about is just getting this healed properly. That’s my biggest concern, is just making sure that it heals right. I’m anxious to get x-rayed because I’m very curious about what the progress has been like for the last 30 days. The biggest concern is just making sure it heals right the first time.”
Ty Dillon will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet SS in this weekend’s Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Brian Vickers filled in for the three-time Sprint Cup champ at Daytona and Las Vegas.