Tony Stewart Hospitalized For Back Injury After ATV Accidentby Hunter Thomas February 2, 2016
Tony Stewart injured his back in a non-racing related accident on Sunday.
The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion who is about to embark on his last full season was able to move all of his extremities following an all-terrain vehicle accident. The location of the accident hasn’t been released, but Stewart was transported to a hospital and is now being evaluated.
“We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart’s accident and injury,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian France said. “On behalf of everyone at NASCAR, I wish Tony a full recovery and look forward to seeing him back in our sport when he’s ready to return.”
Stewart-Haas Racing says that they will give an update on Thursday afternoon. The team issued the following statement via Twitter:
Official Statement from Stewart-Haas Racing pic.twitter.com/kzIWcRmrfB
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) February 2, 2016
Tony Stewart is slated to compete in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13. The Sprint Unlimited is an exhibition race and doesn’t count towards the championship point standings, but Daytona 500 qualifying is the following day, and that’s not an event Stewart will want to miss. The 44-year old has been competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time since the 1999 season, and he has yet to win the Daytona 500. The 58th running of the prestigious Daytona 500 will kick-off the 2016 season on Sunday, February 21.
Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas