Tony Stewart will not be able to attend the road course race at Watkins Glen after he broke his right leg in a sprint car race last night at Southern Iowa Speedway.
YouWager experts learned that the three-time NASCAR champion broke his right tibia and fibula and had surgery after he was transported to a local hospital.
Bettors can expect more information about this event as early as this afternoon, and Stewart-Haas Racing did not immediately announce a replacement driver for Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen, where the 42 year-old driver is a five-time winner.
In addition, the team canceled its scheduledtest at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The sprint car accident came a day after the Indiana native finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. Stewart’s 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the Cup field is set.
Now that Stewart will miss the Watkins Glen race it also means that he will most likely miss the Chase.
The star driver was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps remaining when a lapped car spun in Turn 4 and collected Stewart and two others.
According to several race officials they are making plans foras if Stewart will not be available.
More information has also been made available by a physician that works with drivers and has said that weight bearing will be the biggest problem and recovery for such an injury typically is “up to 12 weeks for a full recovery” with lots of physical therapy.
The 1997 Indy Racing League Champion is 11th in the standings, currently the first of two wild cards for the Chase with one win. Martin Truex Jr. in 14th place with a victory holds the second wild card spot heading into Sunday’s race.