Tony Stewart hospitalized after accident

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been hospitalized with a back injury. This, according to Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning.

The injury occurred via an ATV accident that Stewart was involved in.

“Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a back injury in a non-racing accident Sunday afternoon,” the team announced.

Stewart’s status will be updated on Thursday after more evaluation by doctors. He was set to start his final Sprint Cup season on February 21 at the Daytona 500.

His status for that race is now up in the air. For fans of the sport, as well as Stewart himself, here’s to hoping he’ll be behind the wheel of his car for his last running in the Great American Race.

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