Tony Stewart Addresses Kevin Ward’s Death

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“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally,” Stewart said as he spoke of Kevin Ward’s death, “and this is something that will affect my life forever.”

(CNN) — 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.

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