'Smoke will rise:' Stewart out of hospital

Associated Press • Aug 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was released from the hospital Sunday and was resting at home, his team said.

His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted the news: “TonyStewart is out of the hospital & resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx for the thoughts & prayers.” The tweet closed with a “SmokeWillRise” hashtag.

Stewart broke his right leg in two places last Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa and is out indefinitely after two surgeries to repair the damage.

A five-time winner at Watkins Glen International, Stewart missed race Sunday, snapping his streak of 521 consecutive Cup series starts and dropping him six spots to 17th in the Sprint Cup standings.

Max Papis drove Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet and finished 15th. Several drivers had stickers on their cars honoring Stewart with the message: “Get Well Smoke 14.”

The team is expected to name a replacement driver for Stewart as early as Monday.

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