Tony Stewart Hospitalized: Updates on NASCAR Star's Back After ATV Accident

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Driver Tony Stewart waits in the garage while his car is worked on during practice for the Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
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Less than three weeks before NASCAR heads to Daytona, Tony Stewart was involved in an ATV accident and required back surgery. He will miss the beginning of the Sprint Cup season, but is expected to make a full recovery. 

Continue for updates.

Latest on Stewart's Recovery 

Thursday, Feb. 4

Stewart Haas Racing released a statement on Stewart's condition:


Stewart's Injuries Unclear

Tuesday, Feb. 2

According to Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press, Stewart injured his back Sunday. His racing team, Stewart-Haas Racing, does not yet know the extent of his injuries.

Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning told Fryer that Stewart does have movement in all of his extremities following the accident.

Stewart-Haas Racing also released a statement on Stewart:

Stewart-Haas Racing also added the accident happened while Stewart was driving an all-terrain vehicle, per Alan Cavanna of Fox Sports.

The 44-year-old Stewart has already announced he will retire from the Sprint Cup circuit following the 2016 season. This year's NASCAR Sprint Cup season kicks off Feb. 21 with the 58th Daytona 500, a race he has never won in his 17 tries.

Stewart has been prone to injuries in recent years, notably in August 2013 when he suffered a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg following a crash during a sprint car race in Iowa. He missed the rest of the season, returning at the 2014 Sprint Unlimited race before the Daytona 500.

Until more details of Stewart's injury are released, it's unclear when fans can expect to see him back behind the wheel.