Tony Stewart continues his path to recovery, in hopes of making his return to racing.
On Monday, Stewart underwent a third surgery on his right leg according to the Associated Press. After receiving two previous surgeries for a broken fibula and tibula following a crash in a sprint car back in August, Stewart went in for a third surgery to help close a wound on his shin and an examination.
Following the surgery, Stewart will remain in the hospital for observation.
Stewart had the first two surgeries on Aug. 6 and Aug, 8.
Since the accident in August, Stewart has been out of the No. 14 car and won’t be expected to return until the 2014 season. Mark Martin has been filling in and is set to close out the season for the No. 14. Austin Dillon has filled in as well and will be driving the No. 14 car at Talladega.
Although the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season came to an abrupt end for the three-time champion, it is for his best that he gets all the care and recuperation that he needs in order to make his return. The 2014 season doesn’t begin until February, so it gives Stewart at least four more months to prepare his comeback, if his recuperation goes on as expected.
Stewart might be missing being behind the wheel of the No. 14, but it’s best that he takes all the steps for a speedy recovery and return to the track.