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Race track personnel prepare to load NASCAR driver Tony Stewart into an ambulance after being involved in a four-car wreck at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Monday. Stewart underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair the broken right tibia and fibula suffered in the wreck. Stewart will need a second surgery and remains hospitalized. Associated Press.

NASCAR: Tony Stewart has surgery following Iowa crash

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Tony Stewart told anyone who would listen why he continued racing anywhere, anytime, regardless of purse or crowd or car.

Even after he flipped five times last week, Stewart was quick to offer a stout defense for his short-track weeknight racing while some questioned if his extracurricular racing was putting his championship chances in NASCAR at risk.

Well, his championship chances are officially over for this season.

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