NASCAR champion Tony Stewart undergoes surgery for broken leg after crash

Tony Stewart is currently 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. (Getty Images)

Tony Stewart is currently 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. (Getty Images)

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart is in a hospital Tuesday morning after he underwent surgery for a broken leg following a crash during a race at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

According to a statement released early Tuesday morning by the Stewart-Haas Racing team, Stewart sustained a broken right tibia and fibula in the Sprint Car crash at the Speedway Monday night. He was transported to a local hospital immediately following the accident and underwent surgery.  The team said a scheduled test for Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway had been canceled and that a replacement driver for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International has not been determined.

The crash happened five laps before the end of the 30-lap race while Stewart was racing for the lead.  According to track officials one car spun and collected three others, including Stewart. The track officials added that Stewart was removed from his damaged machine and was awake and alert. He was taken by ambulance shortly after. The race was restarted with Brian Brown winning; rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson finishing second.MORE>>>

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