Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.
The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint-car event in upstate New York. Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen (New York) the next morning, then skipped races at Michigan and Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway.
Stewart, who was described by police as “visibly shaken” the night of Ward’s death, has been in seclusion since. Stewart-Haas Racing executive Brett Frood has said the emphasis was on giving Stewart time needed to get him “in a better place than he is.”
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