NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart is set to race on Aug. 31, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, just three weeks after he tragically hit and killed fellow driver, Kevin Ward Jr.
Tony Stewart, 43, announced on Aug. 28, that he will be taking place in the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 31. This will be the NASCAR drivers first race since he tragically hit and killed 20-year-old driver, Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9. Read below for all the details.
Tony Stewart Returning To NASCAR
Tony is set to race on Aug. 31, his first time in over three weeks. The famed driver has missed three consecutive races in NASCAR’s premier series.
While the driver has been cleared to race, TMZ reports that “Cops have said it could be several more weeks before they determine whether Stewart will face any criminal charges for Ward’s death.”
According to USA Today, NASCAR has implemented a new rule following the Aug. 9, incident, which is set to guide drivers on what to do during a caution period.
According to the site, Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said all drivers must, “Shut off the car and lower the window net if uninjured; Wait for directions from safety personnel or NASCAR officials to loosen safety equipment. After being directed to exit the car, proceed directly to the ambulance or other vehicle as directed, without approaching the racing surface or another vehicle.”
NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell addressed Tony’s return on Aug. 28, in a statement released on the leagues site.”Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”
Tony is scheduled to hold a press conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. ET. NASCAR President, Mike Helton will also be present to address reporters at 2 p.m.
Tony Stewart Thinking Retirement:
While Tony is set to return to racing, it was not an easy decision, and HollywoodLife.com learned exclusively that he was actually thinking about retiring.
A source revealed to us,“He has already been talked out of ending his career on a couple of occasions. He has been going back and forth with just ending everything but currently has been talked into just canceling select races and trying to work out his mental state.”
We are sure that Tony was going through a tough time. Our source revealed, “He is really going through a lot and not sure when he will return to race,” the source said. “It is a day by day decision that could still end in never returning.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved one’s of Kevin Ward Jr.
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— Caitlin Beck