Will Tony Stewart ever race again?

Tony Stewart announced his retirement last season.
Tony Stewart announced his retirement last season.
Tony Stewart announced his retirement last season.

Tony Stewart is a lucky guy.  The three time NASCAR champion will not be racing in the season opening Daytona 500. However, by all accounts the 44 year old should consider himself lucky that he will ever be able to walk again, much less endure the rigors of a racecar.

Thursday, his Stewart-Haas Racing team updated his condition.  Stewart sustained a back injury in a non-racing accident Sunday afternoon. He was flown to an undisclosed hospital after the accident on the West Coast. According to the team, Stewart suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Although the information at this point is somewhat limited, what we do know at this point is that the injury Stewart suffered could have been much, much worse.

I have not seen anything official related to Stewart’s injury.


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