Stewart-Haas racing has given an update with regards to driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart. Although the team has not yet announced the date the three-time champion can return to the race track, the update is as positive as it can ever be.
According to the team, Stewart has been evaluated by doctors. They checked the injury he had sustained following an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle while vacationing on January 31. The accident had left Stewart with a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra.
The team said that following the evaluation, the doctors were “satisfied with the amount of healing,” enough that they decided to implement a rehabilitation regimen that would help the No. 14 Chevrolet driver speed up his recovery. Stewart is expected to recover fully from his injury and will definitely make a return to his car this season. For the moment, though, the team is not yet able to set a timetable with regards to his return. At the same time, they have not set any plans regarding Stewart’s interim driver. So far, the job has been filled by Brian Vickers and Ty Dillon.
Meanwhile, NASCAR has issued warnings following the Kobalt 400 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. They were issued for three teams: Furniture Row Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing.
The No. 19 Toyota Team of Joe Gibbs Racing for driver Carl Edwards received a written warning for failing a template inspection twice during a pre-qualifying inspection on Friday. At the same time, the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team of Martin Truex Jr. was also issued a written warning for the same reason.
On the other hand, the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team of driver Ryan Newman also received a written warning for failing the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) twice during the pre-race inspection that was conducted on Sunday.
A team with vehicles that fail in pre-qualifying or pre-race inspection twice are issued written warnings. Should they fail three times, they receive a 15-minute penalty during the following event. Moreover, should they receive a fourth warning, a team will lose pit stall selection at that weekend’s event or at the next event, depending on when the warning was issued.
Meanwhile, crew member Christopher Jamieson has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.