Stewart Returning to Racing This Weekend

(18 News) – NASCAR driver Tony Stewart returns to racing this weekend and is speaking for the first time since he hit and killed a dirt track race in upstate New York three weeks ago.

Stewart told a news conference Friday that the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. will affect his life forever. But Stewart says getting behind the wheel again will help him deal with the tragedy.

Crews were working on Stewart’s Sprint Cup race car at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, getting ready for qualifying for a race Sunday night. Stewart appeared before cameras and read a brief statement, taking no questions.

“This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life,” said Stewart. “That being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward's family and his friends are experiencing is something that I can't possibly imagine."

An executive with Stewart-Haas Racing says Stewart is ready to be back in the race car and that the decision to do so was 100% Stewart’s.

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