Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet remains in the hospital for observation after undergoing a successful second surgery on his right leg. Stewart broke his tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Monday night, Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
The first surgery, which happened early Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Iowa, served as a preliminary procedure to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury.
The second surgery, which happened on Thursday by a specialist in North Carolina, involved inserting a metal rod inside the tibia, pressing it to its anatomic position.
A discharge date has not been determined. Stewart’s injury will sideline him indefinitely from his No. 14 Chevrolet, making it clear that his chance of making the postseason is over.
Max Papis, who has made 35 career Cup starts, with a best finish of 8th is driving the No. 14 this weekend at Watkins Glen for the Cheez-it 355. The team is looking into who can fill additional seat time until Stewart returns.