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Stewart released from hospital, heads home

August 11, 2013, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com

Stewart released from hospital, heads home
Smoke 'resting as comfortably as he can at home,' says team

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart was released from a North Carolina hospital Sunday night after a six-day stay in two hospitals for two surgeries to repair a broken right leg.

His Stewart-Haas Racing team announced the owner/driver’s release via Twitter hours after Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International, saying Stewart was “resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx (sic) for the thoughts and prayers. #SmokeWillRise”

Stewart was injured while competing in a sprint car race in Iowa on Monday night. He broke both his right fibula and tibia bones in his leg and is sidelined indefinitely while healing. Ending the 10th longest consecutive race streak in Sprint Cup Series history at 521, Stewart fell out of the Wild Card into 17th place in the driver standings.

Sports car veteran Max Papis finished 15th Sunday driving Stewart’s famous No. 14 Chevrolet in the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen. The result found the team in 11th place in the owner standings, holding the first Wild Card in the owner championship.

On Monday, the team named Austin Dillon as the interim driver for next Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

Team officials had hoped to make an announcement on Monday about a full-time replacement, but did not.

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