It has been confirmed that Tony Stewart will miss Daytona 500. The NASCAR star will be replaced with the other driver for sure. The start of his final NASCAR Sprint Cup season will be the most crucial event that he miss this year. He has the undergoing back surgery in Wednesday.
The operation was conducted to repair the burst fracture of his L1 vertebra. The replacement has not been announced yet and the timetable is not yet released. He had the surgery because he has severe injury in his back. He was riding in a sand car with his group in Southern California. From there, he was sent to local hospital and then moved to North Carolina on Tuesday night, where he was on surgery. For this year season, he will take no.14 after fully recovered. However, he will definitely miss Daytona 500.
Falling from such significant of height, he experienced the burst fracture. It is actually a common problem experienced by the racers when falling from height. The spinal injury is one of the most inevitable occurrences. The vertebra can’t bare the crush and spread out the bones. The result is whoever experience this will get worse injury. Indeed, it is worse than compression fracture.
Tony Stewart was born in May 20, 1971, Columbus. He is called as Triple Crown champion because win the NASCAR Cup Series 3 times. Every fan on earth expresses their excitement to see his final. The severity of the injury and the extended time for recovery makes him difficult to return to the road quickly. He could be back in a car driving sooner if he quickly recovers. However, the case of each driver is different. In Tony Stewart’s case, it can take around 3-4 months to fully healed. However, it is possible that he makes it 4-6 weeks earlier. He can get back soon, hopefully.
The most important point right now is that he needs to focus on the healing and therapy until he can have high enough level of comfort to get back to the driver seat. Pollak said that Stewart might have issues with arthritis and back pain as the accumulative effects of his injury. So it is possible that after recovered from surgery, he will experience the side effects. In the last 4 years, it is his third time that he miss the car races. In 2013, he was out of league because of broken leg. The next year, he missed 3 races after the sad incident happening which killed Kevin Ward Jr.
The back injury indeed means that he will miss Daytona 500.