Tony Stewart’s chances of making the chase may have been put on hold after an incident at Iowa on Monday night.
Early Tuesday morning, Stewart was hospitalized with a broken leg after a crash in a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway, as reported by USA Today. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion suffered a broken right tibia and fibula, which Stewart went in for surgery afterwards.
Stewart had been leading the 30-lap race until the incident with five laps remaining.
Heading into the upcoming weekend at Watkins Glen, Stewart will miss the race. An approximate time-length for Stewart to recover following his surgery has not been determined and it is unknown how much time he will miss.
A replacement driver has yet to be named to go behind the wheel of the No. 14 car at Watkins Glen.
The incident on Monday night is Stewart’s third crash in a Sprint Car within a month. He had been racing Sprint Cars in between the Cup Series races.
Stewart’s fractured leg put a damper on his chase hopes with five races to go before the chase cutoff. Following last Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, Stewart sits in 11th within the point standings in a wild card spot. With no exact timeline for his recovery it could mean that Stewart could possibly miss the chase if he can’t return in time.
At Watkins Glen Stewart has five victories and he could have moved up within the points at the road course where he has had success.
With Stewart sitting out it opens the door for other Cup drivers to move up and knock him out of the chase.