Tony Stewart goes under knife for third time

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart underwent a third surgery on his right leg on Monday to close a wound on his shin that came as a result from the broken tibia and fibula he sustained at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa., on Aug. 5 in a sprint car crash. Stewart also underwent surgeries on Aug. 6 and Aug. 8.

Mark Martin has been filling in as driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, normally driven by Stewart, and will finish out the season in the car, with the exception of the upcoming race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Austin Dillon will drive the car at Talladega.

According to a press release from Stewart-Haas Racing, team officials do not expect the most recent surgery to affect Stewart’s return to the driver’s seat. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2013 season but will return in time for the beginning of the 2014 season. He may be ready to climb back into the car as early as late January for pre-season testing.

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