Thursday February 4th, 2016

Tony Stewart will miss the beginning of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a fractured vertebra.

Stewart injured his back in a non-racing accident, sustaining a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” after crashing an all-terrain vehicle on Sunday. He had surgery Wednesday at a Charlotte, N.C.-area hospital, Stewart-Haas racing announced.

No interim driver has been named, and there is no timetable for Stewart’s return, but he is expected to recover fully “and return to the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2016.

The Daytona 500 kicks off the Sprint Cup season on Feb. 21.

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