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Tony Stewart's return from a broken leg still unclear

Published On: Aug 06 2013 08:38:23 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2013 11:59:23 AM EDT
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart

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Stewart-Haas driver and owner Tony Stewart

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) -- -

Stewart-Haas Racing does not know how many races driver Tony Stewart will miss with a broken right leg he sustained in a sprint car race in Iowa.

The three-time NASCAR champion remains in an Iowa hospital recovering from surgery to stabilize and clean a Grade 2 break to his tibia and fibula in the leg. He broke both bones when his sprint car flipped while leading late in a race Monday night.

Stewart's streak of 521 consecutive NASCAR starts will end Sunday at Watkins Glen.

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Tony Stewart underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair the broken right tibia and fibula suffered in a sprint car race in Iowa.

Stewart will need a second surgery and remains hospitalized. There was no timetable for his return.

Stewart-Haas racing named Max Papis as the substitute driver in the No. 14 for Sunday's NASCAR race at Watkins Glen.  Papis has made 35 career Sprint Cup starts.

Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps remaining when a lapped car spun in Turn 4 and collected Stewart and two others.

The sprint car accident Monday night came a day after Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. He's 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the championship field is set.

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Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has broken his right leg and had surgery following a crash in a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway Monday night.

A spokesman for Stewart said the 42-year-old driver broke his right tibia and fibula.

A scheduled test for the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR team at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday was canceled. No replacement driver for this weekend's race at Watkins Glen was immediately announced.

The accident came a day after Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. He's 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the championship field is set.

Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps to go when a lapped car spun in Turn 4 and collected Stewart and two others.