Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows
Tony Stewart got back into a race car this weekend in Atlanta. Things when well and badly. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)
By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
HAMPTON, Ga. – On the high banks of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night Tony Stewart showed flashes of the form that led him to three Sprint Cup championships. It was his first competition since the tragic sprint car race three weeks earlier where Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed.
But Stewart, who needed a victory to make this year’s post-season Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, hit the wall shortly after the halfway mark after a blown right front tire.
Before starting 12th, Stewart received an enthusiastic ovation during driver introductions. He catapulted to fourth place shortly after the start by using the high groove. But a slow pit stop lost those positions.
Stewart’s Bass Pro Shops Chevy then was pushed up to the wall and suffered right side damage when Kyle Busch’s Toyota slid high after an attempted pass. Repairs were made, but a blown tire – possibly resulting from a damaged suspension – eventually forced Stewart’s retirement.
Stewart has one race remaining at Richmond to post a victory that would enable him to make the post-season Chase. NASCAR officials have given Stewart a waiver on the rule requiring a driver to start all 26 races prior to Read the full story »