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Tony Stewart Hospitalized For Back Injury After ATV Accident

Tony Stewart Hospitalized For Back Injury After ATV Accident

by February 2, 2016 0 comments

Tony Stewart injured his back in a non-racing related accident on Sunday.

The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion who is about to embark on his last full season was able to move all of his extremities following an all-terrain vehicle accident. The location of the accident hasn’t been released, but Stewart was transported to a hospital and is now being evaluated.

“We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart’s accident and injury,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian France said. “On behalf of everyone at NASCAR, I wish Tony a full recovery and look forward to seeing him back in our sport when he’s ready to return.”

Stewart-Haas Racing says that they will give an update on Thursday afternoon. The team issued the following statement via Twitter:

Tony Stewart is slated to compete in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13. The Sprint Unlimited is an exhibition race and doesn’t count towards the championship point standings, but Daytona 500 qualifying is the following day, and that’s not an event Stewart will want to miss. The 44-year old has been competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time since the 1999 season, and he has yet to win the Daytona 500. The 58th running of the prestigious Daytona 500 will kick-off the 2016 season on Sunday, February 21.

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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