Tony Stewart to return to NASCAR racing this weekend

Tony Stewart (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Tony Stewart (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — Tony Stewart, who hasn’t raced since he struck and killed a fellow driver with his car during a dirt track race earlier this month, will return to NASCAR racing at Atlanta, his team announced on its Twitter feed.

Stewart missed three races after he hit Kevin Ward Jr., who was walking on the track during an Empire Super Sprints series race August 9 in New York.

Ward Jr., 20, died from injuries suffered in the incident, which occurred at the Empire Super Sprints series event at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

The race in Atlanta is scheduled for Sunday, with first practice and qualifying set for Friday.

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