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Team: Stewart Haas Racing-14
Age / DOB:  (43) / 5/20/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 170

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In a press conference prior to the first practice session for the Oral-B USA 500, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced that Tony Stewart will receive a waiver and would be eligible for a Chase berth if he wins one of the final two regular season races.
The waiver is a secondary concern for Stewart this week as he simply looks to return to a sense of normalcy by racing. In his press conference earlier in the day, Stewart was still visibly shaken by the fatal event that led to his three-week hiatus and until he gets inside the car, it is simply too soon for fantasy players to assess his ability to challenge for a top-10 position. Aug 29 - 2:08 PM

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Tony Stewart will race for the first time in three weeks following a fatal accident in a sprint car event in upstate New York. He will be distracted by media attention, but should be considered a strong contender.

Stewart missed last year’s AdvoCare 500 because of a physical injury, but two of his past three Atlanta races ended in top-fives including a victory in 2010. Look for him to limit his availability to the media by spending a lot of time in the car and if his practice sessions are solid, do not shy away from starting him.
Aug 28 - 6:46 PM

Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The Aug. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.54-mile oval will mark Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Stewart sat out the past three races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway following the tragic accident on Aug. 9 involving Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car feature at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. At 1 p.m. EDT on Friday in the infield media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart will be available to the press, where he will be joined by Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Brett Frood.-True Speed Communication
Aug 28 - 4:44 PM

In a press conference broadcast at Sunday morning, Greg Zippadelli reports that Tony Stewart will not race in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. Regan Smith will take over the driving duties.

After being involved in a fatal incident, it is unlikely that Stewart would be able to concentrate to the degree needed and the team fully supports his decision. The team first reported that Stewart would race, but the change was made after further reflection. Stewart should be removed from all fantasy rosters.
Aug 10 - 10:28 AM

Stewart-Haas Racing reports that Tony Stewart will race in Sunday’s Cheez-it 355k at the Glen after his involvement in a fatal sprint car accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night.

The team issued a statement that read, ""A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating. Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time." NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp has responded to the incident saying there is nothing at this time that would preclude Stewart from racing.
Aug 10 - 9:42 AM

Ontario County (NY) sheriff, Phil Povero, said in a statement early Sunday that the 20-year-old driver that Tony Stewart hit on Saturday night was transferred by ambulance to a nearby hospital and was "dead on arrival."

Kevin Ward Jr. wrecked during a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night, which appeared to be caused by Stewart. Ward got out of his car, approached Stewart's car on the next lap and was angrily gesturing at Stewart under a yellow flag. Stewart reportedly appeared to hit the gas as he went by, causing the rear of the car to slide and catch Ward with the back tire, dragging him under the car, throwing him 25-50 feet, and apparently killing him instantly. There is an ongoing investigation and Stewart's status for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen is unknown. Stewart is said to be very upset and is cooperating with authorities, while no charges have been filed as of yet. Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends in one of the most bizarre tragedies in sports history.
Aug 10 - 3:14 AM

Tony Stewart reportedly 'ran over' driver Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorosports Park, according to several reports and eyewitnesses.

Ward Jr. is said to be in serious condition, although details have been hard to come by. It sounds like Ward Jr. was out of his sprint car and angrily gesturing at Stewart, who accelerated on his way by during a yellow flag. When he hit the gas, the back end got loose and his rear tire reportedly struck Ward Jr. and dragged him under the car. Some reports say he was thrown 25-50 feet. This sounds like a potentially devastating situation for all involved parties and we're just hoping Ward Jr. recovers from his injuries. More details to follow as they become available.
Aug 10 - 1:52 AM

Tony Stewart will race chassis No. 14-874 in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. It has been raced once previously in this June’s Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma.

Stewart could manage to finish only 19th on the California road course, but he was hit with a speeding penalty during the afternoon and that contributed to his disappointing run.
Aug 8 - 5:14 PM

Tony Stewart will race chassis 14-707, which has a long career with its first start coming in 2012. It was also the car Stewart drove this June in Pocono when he finished 13th.

Stewart ran much stronger than that overall, however. He spent about 43 percent of the race in the top five and should have contended for at least a top-10. A late-race speeding penalty cost him track position late in the Pocono 400.
Aug 1 - 7:11 PM

Tony Stewart lost one of his best opportunities to win a race last week in Indy. Complaining of a loose condition, he dropped from sixth on the grid to 17th at the checkers.

Pocono has traditionally been a strong track for him and he has another good chance to win at Watkins Glen International, but fantasy players will have a hard time ignoring the fact that he has not scored a top-five in 15 weeks. He finished fifth in the March running of the Auto Club 400.
Jul 30 - 4:56 PM

In order to qualify for the Chase, Tony Stewart will almost certainly need to win a race during the regular season. He currently sits 19th in the standings, 22 behind the current cutoff for drivers who could potentially make the playoffs on points. The Crown Royal 400 provides him with an excellent opportunity.

Stewart currently has the longest active top-10 streak at Indy. He has finished that well in his last five starts as well as nine of his last 10. Two victories were earned in 2005 and 2007, which is complimented by a fourth last year. Equally important, Stewart’s victory in a 360 sprint car race this week will improve his spirits and outlook before a race that he has always enjoyed.
Jul 25 - 12:22 PM

Tony Stewart will race a new chassis designated 14-827 this week. It has not seen race conditions, but performed exceptionally well in last December’s open test at Charlotte with teammate Kevin Harvick behind the wheel.

In that session, Harvick posted the fastest speed. Charlotte’s high banks provided a different set of circumstances than the flat corners it will face this week, but the team’s enthusiasm about the car echoes their feelings after Stewart returned to Victory Lane in a sprint car during the off week.
Jul 25 - 10:24 AM

In his first attempt in a sprint car since last year’s injury that sidelined him for the end of the NASCAR season, Tony Stewart beat a field of 21 cars at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn Mich.

Stewart has admitted that he is not 100%, but running these extracurricular races will actually go a long way to helping him improve in the Cup series. "I'm going to live my life," Stewart said of his crash. "It's nobody else's decision, but mine. I think there are a lot worse things I could be doing with my life than what I choose to do."
Jul 19 - 1:18 PM

Tony Stewart has a reputation for heating up during the summer and early fall. Fantasy owners may have seen the first glimpse of that with his seventh-place finish in the Camping World RV Sales 301.

This was the first time since the Duck Commander 500 in April that Stewart was able to put together a complete race by qualifying and finishing among the top 10 in the same event. Notably, both the race at Texas and New Hampshire ended under a green-white-checkered flag. Sitting 19th in the standings, Stewart almost certainly needs a win to qualify for the Chase, so watch him closely at Watkins Glen.
Jul 17 - 3:21 PM

Tony Stewart finished seventh in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301, but still finds himself outside of Chase contention. He currently sits 19th in the points’ standings, 22 markers behind the current cutoff.

Stewart has built a reputation for surging during the summer, but he admitted to reporters this week that he is not 100% after last year’s injury. The next three weeks will showcase races on the flat tracks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and the road course of Watkins Glen International. He has been strong on these tracks, so his fans should not worry yet. Fantasy players will want to take a more cautious approach to starting him, however.
Jul 13 - 6:31 PM