TONY STEWART has undergone a fourth surgery on the leg he broke last year during a sprint car race in Iowa.
Stewart was released from a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., yesterday. He then headed to Las Vegas to celebrate Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick's championship.
Stewart broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg during the Aug. 5, 2013, crash and underwent two surgeries immediately after the accident, including one to insert a metal rod inside the tibia.
A third surgery last year was to close a wound on his shin. Stewart spokesman Mike Arning called Monday's surgery in Charlotte the equivalent of routine maintenance.
Arning said Stewart will be on crutches in Las Vegas, where he will attend an industry-wide luncheon today and the season-ending awards ceremony that will fete Harvick.
Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion, missed the final 15 races of last season before returning to competition in February. He walked with a noticeable limp all season, but insisted his leg felt at its best when he was in the car. Still, his performance was below-par and his 15-year winning streak ended.
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