Tony Stewart to return to NASCAR this Sunday at Atlanta

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Tony Stewart will sit out this weeks' Sprint Cup race at Bristol.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Tony Stewart will end his three-week race absence this weekend.

On Thursday afternoon Stewart Haas Racing announced that the veteran NASCAR driver will return to the track for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Atlanta on Sunday night.

Stewart was out the previous three races after hitting driver Kevin Ward Jr. after he left his car during a dirt track race in New York on August 9th.

Since the accident at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Stewart missed the race the next day at Watkins Glen and then at Michigan then Bristol. Team officials said that Stewart was surrounded by friends and family as he grieved over the death of ward.

An investigation into the incident by the Ontario County (N.Y) Sheriff’s Department continues as Stewart returns to the track.

Following Stewart’s announcement, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell released the following statement: “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”