Tony Stewart will rejoin the Sprint Cup Series this weekend in Atlanta. He has missed the last three races after his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. on August 9th.
Stewart sat out the last three races since the tragedy. He remains winless this season and currently sits 26th in the Cup standings.
Stewart is expected to meet with the media in Atlanta at noon central time.
His team released this statement announcing his return.
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 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 feature at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
NASCAR Executive Vice-President Steve O'Donnell released the following statement about Stewart's return:
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.