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Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said Tony Stewart had “no setbacks” during a doctor’s visit this past week.
That is the kind of thing that makes journalists go “Hmmmmm.”
We know the Columbus racing legend broke his right tibia and fibula when he wrecked Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway and that he has had at least two surgeries to push things back into place.
What we don’t know at this point is what other damage having a driveshaft connect with his leg might have caused.
Zipadelli, Stewart’s former crew chief, also said “the next seven to 14 days will tell a lot about how it heals, whether things take.”
I would say a little worry is in order if you happen to be a huge Stewart fan. “Whether things take?” That’s the kind of language you use when pins and rods are taking the place of good, old bone.
Considering his love of racing and, let’s face it, he was driving a winged sprint car for lunch money when he wrecked, I would imagine that Stewart would have been talking to the media by now about his plans to get back in the driver’s seat. At least he would have if things were cut and dried.
His media representative, Mike Arning, said Stewart would not entertain any interviews at this point and would eventually participate in a group interview when he decides to talk.
If you read between those lines, it indicates that some problems exist.
This obviously isn’t the snap your leg, get a cast and let your buds sign it type of injury. We eventually might learn that this is a complicated injury that might keep him from driving until next year or possibly affect his ability to compete at all the grassroots events he loves so much.
Here in Columbus, you have to be hoping that isn’t so. He is “our Tony” and a guy who makes Sundays so much brighter when the NFL isn’t around. Sure, we want him back racing for his own sanity. But we also want him back for our own entertainment.
Any thoughts of a quick turnaround, and perhaps a miracle finish to the season, appear bleak. Monday is going to be two weeks since the accident, and Stewart reportedly is resting at home (which, in this case, I believe means his corporate office in Kannapolis, N.C.).
This is a guy who is one of the top drivers to walk the planet, who runs a multitude of businesses and a charitable foundation.
His energy and passion fuel his popularity, or the anti-fan side, of the equation. He is perpetual motion.
Can anyone imagine this guy sitting at home watching “Andy Griffith” and “Friends” reruns?
I am sure he is immersed in the business side of things, but perhaps he would like a few side job ideas to keep him busy while he, and the rest of the driving world, wait news about his return. It could be quite some time.
Please, Tony, don’t go bananas. Try some of these:
Stewart could be a department store greeter. Come on now. He shakes hundreds of hands every week, so who would be better qualified?
He might try his hand at being a master chef. He’s around oil all the time.
He could open a restaurant on Washington Street in Columbus. I know a spot that’s sitting unoccupied.
Yoga instructor. We’ve seen him do those stretches in commercials.
Emergency dispatch operator. You’ve got to be cool, calm and collected.
Whatever he does to occupy his downtime, let’s hope he gives us some information soon. Here in Columbus,
we’re trying to stay positive about the whole thing. But we’re worried.
Jay Heater is The Republic sports editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 379-5632.
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