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.
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.
In a press conference broadcast at NASCAR.com 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.
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.
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."
Tony Stewart reportedly 'ran over' driver Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorosports Park, according to several reports and eyewitnesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.