Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Stewart would return to his driving duties in the No. 14 Chevrolet at Atlanta.
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Nearly three weeks after he struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race at a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart spoke publicly for the first time, expressing his sorrow.
During a press conference on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the site of this weekend's 500-mile Sprint Cup Series race, a somewhat subdued Stewart read from a prepared statement, which lasted a little more than two minutes, but he did not take any questions from the media. He left the conference immediately after his statement.
"This has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally, and this is something that will definitely affect my life forever," Stewart said during his opening remarks. "This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life.