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Stewart returns to racing Sunday in Atlanta

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Columbus native Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia, according to a statement posted late Thursday afternoon by his team, Stewart-Haas Racing.

Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be Stewart's first since his Aug. 3 start at Pocono (Pennsylvania) Raceway.

Stewart sat out the past three NASCAR Sprint Cup races following an Aug. 9 accident in which driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed during a sprint car feature at the Canandaigua (New York) Motorsports Park. Ward was struck by a car Stewart was driving, and died afterward.

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