(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — After missing six months with a broken right leg, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is ready to return to the racetrack.
Stewart is scheduled to get behind the racing wheel for the first time since August on Friday, when he partakes in two practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart is then set to race in Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited exhibition.
“I’m thinking in hours. It’s been a long time since Aug. 5,” Stewart said Thursday at Daytona 500 media day. “Normally, we’re talking about the offseason, it seems like it flies by. But this has been the slowest offseason I’ve ever had. I’m ready to get doing something again.”
Despite his return, Stewart says his leg is only 65-percent healed.
“The perfect scenario: everything would be healed 100 percent and we wouldn’t be talking about it. But the bone is still about 65-percent healed right now,” Stewart said. “But as far as muscles and everything, the strength is coming much quicker than I thought it was going to be.”
Stewart is a three-time NASCAR champion and has won 48 races at NASCAR’s highest level.
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