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Tony Stewart Has Surgery Following Iowa Car Crash

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(KANNAPOLIS, N.C.) --Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg following Monday night’s crash during a car race at Southern Iowa Speedway.

The 42-year-old Stewart remains hospitalized and will need to undergo a second surgery. No timetable has been set as to when he will return to the Sprint Cup series.

"I told someone to go get my phone or else I was going to get up and get it myself,” Stewart said on his Facebook page. “Finally got reconnected to the world and just want to say thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. My team will remain strong and I will be back."

Max Papis will take Stewart’s place in the No. 14 for this Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.

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