Fractured vertebra forces Tony Stewart to miss start of NASCAR Sprint Cup season

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Tony Stewart makes announcement on Sept. 30, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2016) – A non-racing accident involving Tony Stewart will sideline the three-time NASCAR champion for the start of the season.

Stewart ended up in the hospital after crashing an all-terrain vehicle Sunday while vacationing on the West Coast. He suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra. He was awake and alert while being examined, according to Stewart-Haas Racing.

Stewart has been admitted to a Charlotte-area hospital for further evaluation and underwent surgery Wednesday.

A timetable for Stewart’s return has not been set, but he will not be able to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. His racing team expects him to make a full recovery and race in what Stewart called his last season of racing NASCAR full-time.

Stewart-Haas hasn’t named a replacement driver for Stewart’s No. 14 car.

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