Three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury

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Three-Time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart hospitalized
Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

Three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart injured his back in an ATV accident on Sunday, according to Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning.

“Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a back injury in a non-racing accident Sunday afternoon,” Stewart’s team announced in a statement.

The 44-year-old was transported to a local hospital after the incident occurred while Stewart was driving an ATV on the West Coast. He is still being evaluated.

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“Stewart is awake and alert, and able to move all extremities,” the statement continued.

Stewart, who is the only driver in history to win a title in both IndyCar and NASCAR, was set to begin his NASCAR season on Feb. 21 in the Daytona 500.

An update on Stewart’s condition is expected be provided Thursday afternoon.

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