Team: 'Proactive measure' should not affect his 2014 return
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart underwent a third surgery on his right leg Monday morning according to the Stewart-Haas Racing team, which characterized the procedure as a "proactive" measure.
The operation was to "examine and close a wound on his shin" and the team said it is not expected to impact Stewart's potential return date at the beginning of the 2014 season.
Stewart, who broke his right tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, had previous surgeries in the days immediately after the accident to stabilize and clean the injury and then a second operation for doctors to insert a metal rod inside the tibia to achieve proper anatomical position.
Stewart will remain hospitalized overnight Monday for observation.
Veteran Mark Martin filled in for Stewart in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet this Sunday at Kansas, finishing 22nd. Martin will drive the car for the remainder of the season with the exception of the Oct. 20 race at Talladega, Ala., where NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Austin Dillon will handle driving duties.