NSCS: Stewart to Return to Action at Atlanta


HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart will return to action this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, climbing behind the wheel of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet for the first time since the tragic accident during a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9.

Stewart has missed the past three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, Michigan International Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway.  Stewart’s last start came at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 3, where he finished 36th.

Stewart has three wins and 15 top-10 finishes in 26 starts at Atlanta during his Sprint Cup Series career.

Stewart will be available to the media at 1 p.m. ET on Friday in the media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  This will mark the first public appearance and comments by Stewart since the tragedy. Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Brett Frood will join Stewart in the media center.

NASCAR released a statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, on Thursday afternoon:

“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.”

NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.  NASCAR will have no further comment until that time.

Stay tuned to Rubbings Racing throughout the weekend for coverage of Stewart’s return to the track.


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Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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