Tony Stewart undergoes third surgery on leg

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Tony Stewart underwent a third surgery on his right leg on Monday morning. The surgery was to examine and close a wound on his shin stemming from the broken tibia and fibula he sustained in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.

Stewart will remain in the hospital for observation.

The surgery served as a proactive measure and team officials do not expect it to impact Stewarts return to the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in 2014.

Stewarts first surgery on Aug. 6 in Iowa served as a preliminary procedure to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury. The second surgery on Aug. 8, by a specialist in North Carolina, involved inserting a metal rod inside the tibia, pressing it to its anatomic position.

Mark Martin has assumed Stewart’s ride while he is out with the injury.