NASCAR Champion Stewart Undergoes Surgery

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Tony Stewart has undergone a third surgery on his right leg this week as a “proactive” measure.

The three-time NASCAR champion broke his right tibia and fibia in a sprint car crash at the beginning of August and had surgery in the days following the accident to stabilize and clean the injury. A second operation was carried out to insert a metal rod to aid full recovery of the broken bones.

The operation was to “examine and close a wound on his shin”. The team have yet to comment if the latest procedure will impact Stewart’s potential return date at the beginning of the 2014 season.

Stewart will remained in hospital overnight Monday for observation.

Mark Martin filled driving duties in the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil Chevrolet at Kansas this Sunday finishing in 22nd and will drive the car for the remainder of the season with the exception of Talladega where NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Austin Dillion will take over.