Tony Shilling and Tasker Phillips also crashed in the sprint car race

Tony Stewart’s crash at a sprint car race in Iowa on Monday night resulted in a broken leg for the NASCAR champion. Stewart was hospitalized early Tuesday morning and underwent surgery for the injury. He’s expected to undergo a second surgery to further repair the damage done to his leg.

In the accident at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oslakoosa, Iowa, Stewart broke both his right tibia and fibula, according to Stewart-Haas spokesman Mike Arning. Following the crash, Stewart was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Stewart had been leading the pack in the 30-lap feature of the Front Row Challenge. With only five laps remaining, Josh Higday’s car spun on Turn 4, taking out Stewart and the second and third placed cars – Tasker Phillips and Tony Shilling.

Due to his injuries, Stewart won’t be able to compete at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins in New York this coming weekend. Arning revealed that a replacement for Stewart in the race has yet to be named. NASCAR has stated that getting a replacement is not a primary concern.

"Our foremost concern is with Tony's health and recovery," NASCAR said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "We're in close contact with his team and they will provide further information as it becomes available."

– Chelsea Regan

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