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Tony Stewart has surgery on leg after injury in IowaMonday, August 12, 2013

Category:Racing News

In NASCAR news today, Tony Stewart broke his right leg at Southern Iowa Speedway, and has already had one surgery with two more scheduled. The three-time champion will likely be out of this year's chase for the Sprint Cup, barring a miracle. His hopes were still strong, despite breaking his tibia and fibula. 

"I told someone to go get my phone or else I was going to get up and get it myself," Stewart said in a message on his website. "Finally got reconnected to the world and just want to say thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. My team will remain strong and I will be back."

At the time of the crash, Stewart was in 11th place overall in the Sprint Cup standings, after finishing ninth at Pocono. Walt Beaver, the co-medical director at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, who also heads up the NASCAR division at the clinic, said he couldn't comment directly on Stewart's injury but said that usually with this type of injury, four to eight weeks is needed before resuming normal activities. He also added that usually a rod is put in place, allowing for quicker recovery time and more aggressive rehabilitation.