Doctors pleased with healing of Tony Stewart’s back, implement rehab program

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Satisfied with the healing they saw in X-rays taken Wednesday, doctors have implemented a rehab program for Tony Stewart, the team announced.

There remains no timetable for Stewart’s return, though. The team stated additional evaluations would be needed to determine when Stewart returns. A full recovery is expected for the three-time Sprint Cup champion.

Stewart, who has said this is his final season driving in the Sprint Cup Series, has yet to race this year.

He suffered a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra during a sand dunes accident on Jan. 31 and had surgery Feb. 3.

“The biggest concern is just making sure it heals right the first time,” Stewart said Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Brian Vickers drove for Stewart in the Daytona 500 and at Las Vegas. Ty Dillon drove the No. 14 Chevrolet at Atlanta. Stewart said last weekend that Dillon will drive the car when it has Bass Pro Shops as the primary sponsor. Dillon will be in the car this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.