Tony Stewart underwent surgery on Monday night to repair the leg he broke during a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart suffered a break to his tibia and fibula.
The injury forced Stewart out of the race and will cost him a chance at making the Chase for the Championship this season.
The top 12 drivers make NASCAR’s postseason, and Tony Stewart, before the accident, was sitting in 11th place. While another driver will stand in for the No. 14 driver, he will not earn individual points for those races.
Tony Stewart looked posed for a major comeback in 2013 after a disappointing start that placed him in 22nd place after nine races. Stewart eventually won the race at Dover International Speedway in June.
If Stewart misses two races or more, his lack of points accumulation will knock him out of the top 15 and possibly well into the mid-20s in a tightly packed standings ranking.
Failing to qualify for the post-season might not be bad for Tony Stewart. That failure by default would force the aging driver to properly recuperate from his injury rather than jumping back into the cockpit.
A properly-healed Tony Stewart means a better chance at the 2014 season, and, given his late season injury, that might not be a bad idea.
While his own crew might attempt to convince Tony Stewart to take it easy. As the team’s co-owner, the decision will ultimately be his own.
Tony Stewart’s broken leg may keep him away from the Drivers Championship, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see Stewart back in the drivers seat and winning races before the end of 2013.
Do you think Tony Stewart’s season is over because of his broken leg?