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Tony Stewart, left, talks with a member of Jimmie Johnson's crew in the Sprint Cup series garage at Dover International Speedway. On Oct. 7, Stewart underwent a third surgery on his broken right leg for an infection that "popped up" after the three-time NASCAR champion had begun walking again.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The third surgery on Tony Stewart’s broken right leg was for an infection that “popped up” after the three-time NASCAR champion had begun walking a bit again.
Stewart underwent his third operation on Oct. 7, and said during a video chat Tuesday night on NASCAR.com that the risk of infection was something doctors had warned him about after his injury in an August sprint car crash.
“I was more worried about bones healing and skin healing,” he said. “The doctor was more worried about infection and really said the first two months were kind of the critical time. We were at the end of that two months for the most part and, all of a sudden, a spot popped up that was infected and that caused the surgery last week.”
Stewart is still on track to be back in the car for the season-opening Daytona 500.
Front Row drivers returning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Front Row Motorsports will bring back drivers David Gilliland and David Ragan in 2014.
“This has been a milestone year for us, and we’re extremely happy that two of the guys who helped get us here will be back next year,” team owner Bob Jenkins said Wednesday.
Gilliland will be back for a fifth season with Front Row and drive the No. 38. Ragan will be returning for his third year and drive the No. 34. Ragan is currently ranked 26th in the Sprint Cup standings and Gilliland is 29th, and it’s the highest in the championship standings Front Row has been in its five years of full-time competition.
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