Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is in an Iowa hospital this morning, recovering from a broken leg after a four-car wreck during a sprint car race, reports Jeff Gluck and Andy Hamilton of USA TODAY Sports.
Stewart broke his right tibia and fibula at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, according to Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning. He was transported by ambulance and underwent immediate surgery.
Stewart, who was conscious and talking to responders after the crash, will obviously be missing some time away from the track.
Stewart will miss at least this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen; Arning said a replacement has not been named and it’s unknown how long Stewart will be out overall. A test scheduled for Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway has also been canceled.
The driver/team owner was leading the 30-lap feature of the Front Row Challenge with five laps remaining when Josh Higday’s car spun on Turn 4 and collected the top three cars — Stewart, Tasker Phillips and Tony Shilling.