Tony Stewart in hospital with back injury

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has been hospitalized with a back injury after a non-racing accident on Sunday.  Stewart was taken to an undisclosed hospital shortly after the accident and remains there Tuesday. The news was first reported by the AP early Tuesday afternoon and confirmed via email to Examiner shortly after.

Stewart spokesman Mike Arning, said that the extent of the three-time NASCAR champion’s injuries aren’t known. Arning said that the 44 year old Stewart is awake and alert, and able to move all extremities however.  Stewart is co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and had already announced his retirement from NASCAR at the end of the 2016 season. Stewart entered the Cup series in 1999 and has 48 wins entering his final season.

The Columbus Indiana native is almost as well known for his racing involvement outside of NASCAR as in. Stewart has maintained a busy racing schedule in primarily dirt cars. That schedule was scaled back in 2013 when Stewart broke his leg a sprint car crash at a speedway in Iowa. He missed nearly all of the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

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