NASCAR’s Stewart hurt in non-racing accident

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File photo shows Tony Stewart preparing for the 2015 Daytona 500 in February last year. TONYSTEWART.COM

File photo shows Tony Stewart preparing for the 2015 Daytona 500 in February last year. TONYSTEWART.COM

LOS ANGELES: Three-time NASCAR stock car racing champion Tony Stewart was in hospital on Tuesday after a non-racing accident, his Stewart-Haas Racing team said.

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Stewart, 44, was awake and alert with movement in all limbs, according to a team statement.

Although Stewart-Haas said no further updates would be issued until Thursday, USA Today reported Stewart injured his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Stewart has announced that this will be his last season of elite NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. The 2016 campaign begins on February 21 with the Daytona 500.

Stewart’s injury is the latest in a series of setbacks.

He broke his right leg in a Sprint Cup crash in August of 2013. A year later he struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a low-level race in upstate New York after the young pilot had exited his vehicle and walked down the track.

Stewart was not charged with a crime in the incident, but has been sued by Ward’s family.

AFP

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