Tony Stewart breaks leg in sprint car race
Every racecar driver knows that racing is a dangerous sport. They accept the risks and know what can happen every time they get behind the wheel. NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is now paying the price as he broke his right leg during a Sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway on Monday night.
Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Cup series champion, had surgery to repair a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg on Tuesday morning. Stewart will remain hospitalized for observation and will need a second surgery, according to ESPN. Tony sent a message out to fans on his website.
“I told someone to go get my phone or else I was going to get up and get it myself,” Stewart said in the message on his website, ESPN notes. “Finally got reconnected to the world and just want to say thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. My team will remain strong and I will be back.”
Stewart is expected to miss the next three races at least, according to Sporting News. Max Papis will fill in for Stewart this weekend at Watkins Glen. It is unknown at this time who will fill in for Stewart after Watkins Glen. Stewart’s injury means that his 521 consecutive start streak will come to an end. It was the third longest streak among active drivers, behind Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton, according to MotorSports Talk.
Stewart has one win so far this season, and is currently 11th in points with five races before the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With Stewart miss at least the next three races, he won’t make the Chase. However there is hope for Stewart-Hass Racing to make the Chase. Stewart’s teammate is in a battle for a Chase spot, has one win and could make the Chase.