Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet remains in the hospital for observation after undergoing a successful second surgery on his right leg. Stewart broke his tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Monday night, Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
The first surgery, which happened early Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Iowa, served as a preliminary procedure to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury.
The second surgery, which happened on Thursday by a specialist in North Carolina, involved inserting a metal rod inside the tibia, pressing it to its anatomic position.
A discharge date has not been determined. Stewart’s injury will sideline him indefinitely from his No. 14 Chevrolet, making it clear that his chance of making the postseason is over.
Max Papis, who has made 35 career Cup starts, with a best finish of 8th is driving the No. 14 this weekend at Watkins Glen for the Cheez-it 355. The team is looking into who can fill additional seat time until Stewart returns.
SHR Competition Director Greg Zipadelli says the team will remain optimistic, “I felt like we were peaking at the right time with two race cars having an opportunity. It’s a huge disappointment. But we’ll try to do our best to take that disappointment and turn it into a positive push for the 39.”
Stewart drives in over 70 sprint car races each year in addition to his NASCAR schedule. This was his third wreck during a sprint car race in three weeks.