Tony Stewart Provides Update on His Recoveryby Kyle Pokrefky March 4, 2016 0 comments
As he did at Atlanta one week ago, Tony Stewart took a trip to a race track as he visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday to watch over his Stewart-Haas Racing operation’s performance in the weekend’s Kobalt 400.
During his stay at the track he won at in 2012, the three-time Sprint Cup champion spoke to the media on-hand regarding his recovery from a back injury suffered in the late preseason.
Speaking during his media availability early Friday afternoon, ‘Smoke’ reiterated the fact that there is still no set timetable for his return to his No. 14 Chevrolet.
Stewart also revealed during his press conference that he is set for a further examination back in Charlotte in less than one week.
“I wish I knew,” said Stewart regarding a return date. “I actually go back to Charlotte for x-rays next Wednesday. That’s the first time since the surgery that we’ll have an update, have a progress report.”
As the three-time champion made his presence known at the race track over 2,000 miles away from his North Carolina home, he was doing so against his doctor’s orders.
“For a month now, I haven’t done anything but just kind of chill out,” Stewart stated. “The doctors want me lying in bed and walking. They don’t want me sitting and standing.
“I’m definitely breaking the rules. They didn’t want me flying out here. They didn’t want me in Atlanta. But I can’t lay in bed any longer. It’s about to kill me. We did everything we could. We did everything short of bubble wrap me to ride out here on the plane. We were as comfortable as can be.”
With talk of Chase waivers like the one last year’s champion Kyle Busch used already being floated around, Stewart said that a pathway to a Chase berth isn’t his main focus at the time. The only thing that truly concerns the 48-time race winner at the moment is his recovery.
“The biggest thing I’m worried about is just getting this healed properly,” Stewart said. “That’s my biggest concern, is just making sure that it heals right.
“I’m anxious to get x-rayed next week because I’m very curious about what the progress has been like for the last 30 days.”
One thing is for sure, once he gets back behind the wheel, ‘Smoke’ is going to be back with his normal ‘take no prisoners’ attitude.
“As soon as they tell me I can be back in the car, I’m going to be wide-open, 100%,” Stewart affirmed. “I’m not going to leave anything on the table each race. It’s get everything I can get. At the end of the year we got what we got. I’ll go on with the rest of it afterwards.”
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