Tony Stewart: I won’t be 100 percent until the end of the year

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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart says his leg isn’t fully healed and won’t be for some time.

“I honestly won’t be 100 percent until at least the end of the year,” Stewart said in an interview with FOX Sports. “To do what I’m doing, I’m in good enough health to do that, obviously, but we’re kind of in the same boat we’ve been in. It’s the same thing. It’s a slow process for it to heal 100 percent and we just have got to keep working at it. Still going to therapy and still working hard.”

Stewart broke his right tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash in August.  He underwent three surgeries, including one that was for an infection in October.

Stewart told FOX Sports that missing off-season testing because of the injury has hurt him this season.

“I think we started off the year a little bit behind the 8-ball because of that,” Stewart said.

Stewart said he crew chief Chad Johnston are having trouble finding a setup that suits Stewart’s driving style.

“I just haven’t gotten the feel I’ve been looking for,” Stewart said. “Man, Chad has absolutely been working his guts out trying to get me comfortable in the car. And I’™ve felt comfortable (at times). I just haven’t been able to find a package that I like the feel of yet.”

Once Stewart and his crew chief eventually figure out what works, the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing believes he can put together a string of race victories.

“Kevin has been hot all year and I think they found something that’s working really good for them,” Stewart said of Harvick and Harvick’s crew chief, Rodney Childers. “He’s got two wins already, but he could have easily had four or five. And I think that’s proof that if you find something that you hit on, it’s something you can build momentum on, for sure.”

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