Recent rumors are swirling around about a possible return date for three-time Sprint Cup series champion Tony Stewart.
According to a report from Godfather Motorsports.com, sources have said that Stewart and his team have already set a tentative return date of May 21. Coincidentally, this is also the same day as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Moreover, sources have indicated that Stewart has already been walking as of Friday. Nonetheless, the rumored return date may reportedly be pushed back, depending on the progress of his current rehabilitation program.
According to a recent update from the Stewart-Haas Racing team, Stewart will definitely miss the start of the Sprint Cup season as he continues to recover following an injury suffered during an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle while on vacation in the West Coast. Stewart was said to have been awake, alert and able to move all of his extremities when he was transported to a local hospital following the accident that left him with a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra. He has since been flown back to North Carolina where he had undergone surgery in a Charlotte area hospital.
The said surgery was reportedly done in order to stabilize Stewart’s affected vertebra as well as remove some dangerous bone fragments found in the area of the fracture. And while most patients who have suffered from burst fractures typically wear a stabilizing brace for 2 to 3 months following the surgery, reports indicate that Stewart does not seem to require a brace.
Following the accident, the Stewart-Haas Racing team said that Stewart’s return date has not yet been determined, although the racing champion is expected to make a full recovery. Moreover, the team is also yet to finalize on an interim driver for the No. 14 Chevrolet while Stewart is in recovery.