Tony Stewart injured in ATV accident

NASCAR star and Columbus native Tony Stewart has been hospitalized with a back injury suffered in an accident while riding an ATV. That’s according to Metro Networks.

Our news-gathering partners at Metro are reporting that the three-time NASCAR champion is awake, alert and able to move all of his extremities, but a spokesman for his Stewart-Haas Racing team was unsure as to the extent of the injuries. The 44-year-old is retiring at the end of this upcoming season and was expected to report to Daytona next week to start preparations for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 21.