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Stewart has metal rod placed in second surgery

August 08, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Three-time Sprint Cup champ remains hospitalized for observation

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart underwent a successful second surgery on his broken right leg Thursday, three days after a sprint car crash in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

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A specialist in North Carolina placed a stabilizing metal rod inside the fractured tibia Thursday, according to a statement from the Stewart-Haas Racing team. The operation was a follow-up to a preliminary surgery Tuesday that stabilized and cleaned the Grade 2 injury, the team said.

Stewart remains hospitalized for observation.

Stewart was leading a 30-lap main event for the American Sprint Car Series at Southern Iowa Speedway on Monday night when a slow car spun into his path. Stewart’s car struck the stopped car, breaking his tibia and fibula in the accident.

The wreck has sidelined the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet that he co-owns with Gene Haas indefinitely. Road-racing ace Max Papis will drive the car this weekend at Watkins Glen International in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen (1 p.m. ET, ESPN). Interim drivers for future races have not been determined, team officials said.

Stewart currently ranks 11th in the Sprint Cup standings, leading the Wild-Card race for one of two spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason. His five career Watkins Glen victories lead the all-time list at the 2.45-mile road course.

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