Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has undergone a fourth round of surgery on his right leg, 15 months after suffering a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in a Sprint Car race in Iowa.
The procedure was performed this week in Charlotte, NC, with longtime Stewart spokesman Mike Arning telling the Associated Press that it amounted to routine maintenance. Stewart was released earlier today, and will travel to Las Vegas to celebrate with 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion and Stewart Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick this weekend.
Stewart is expected to be on crutches for at least the next week. SHR co-owner Gene Haas will sit with Harvick at Friday night’s Awards Ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas, with Stewart remaining in the audience. Stewart missed 15 races during the 2013 season as a result of the injury, and an additional three this season following a Sprint Car crash in upstate New York that claimed the life of driver Kevin Ward, Jr.
Stewart finished 25th in this year’s championship standings, and failed to win a Sprint Cup Series race for the first time in 15 years.