Tony Stewart is NASCAR old school which means, among other things, that he lives to race. Even if it might kill him. He'll run short tracks in the middle of the week when the big races, for the big money, happen on Sunday and the prudent, strictly business approach would be to stay out of any car until then. So, as the AP's auto racing writer, Jenna Fryer, reports:
The three-time NASCAR champion broke his right leg Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, where he flipped his 360 winged sprint car while leading with five laps remaining in the 30-lap feature. He had surgery Tuesday on the upper and lower parts of his leg, and Stewart-Haas Racing said he’ll need a second surgery.
He remained hospitalized and there was no timetable for his return to racing. Max Papis was tabbed to replace Stewart this weekend in the No. 14 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen, where Stewart is a five-time winner and his streak of 521 consecutive starts will end.
If Stewart required validation, after putting his team and its sponsor's fortunes at risk, he got it from his childhood hero, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt [who] defended Stewart on Tuesday for sticking to his passion and being a true “racer.”
“He ain’t no prima donna and life is short, and we don’t know how we are going to die or what’s going to happen," Foyt said.