After an on-track accident that fatally killed Kevin Ward Jr. a few weeks ago, Tony Stewart took a break from racing in NASCAR’s highest sport. Grief stricken from the event, it was wondered if Stewart would ever return to the driver’s seat of a race car. Well, after three weeks of off, and two of those with Jeff Burton behind the wheel, Tony Stewart will be returning to the cockpit this Sunday for Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The accident that lead to the death of Kevin Ward Jr. happened after Ward crashed during a sprint car race. Believing that he was wronged by Tony Stewart, he exited the car before the safety crews arrived, and approached Stewart’s car while it was still in motion to point his finger at him or some other gesture. Stewart was unable to avoid making contact with Ward, which resulted in his death.
Stewart is 26th in points even after sitting out those races, and could still be eligible for the championship.