Race car driver Tony Stewart will miss the start of the 2016 racing season. He is unable to drive in the Daytona 500 on February 21.

Stewart is out of action with a serious back injury. He was involved in an ATV accident in California on January 31.

He had back surgery to repair the injuries. Stewart is going to be out of driving a race car for an undetermined amount of time.

His organization, Stewart-Haas Racing, has yet to announce an official replacement driver for his number 14 car. But, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will replace Tony Stewart in the Sprint Unlimited race, a 25-car competition on February 13 at Daytona.

Stenhouse was the second driver named to replace a former Cup champion. Casey Mears will drive in place of Jeff Gordon, who retired after the 2015 Sprint Cup season.

Already in the race: Stenhouse's girlfriend Danica Patrick.

Be listening for the Daytona 500 on KXRB AM 1000 and KXRB.com Sunday February 21st beginning at 11:00 A.M.

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