Tony Stewart returns this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stewart Haas Racing announced today that the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion has decided to compete for the first time since the Aug. 9 Sprint Car incident that claimed the life of driver Kevin Ward, Jr.
Regan Smith replaced Stewart the following day at Watkins Glen International, with Jeff Burton taking the wheel at both Michigan International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Stewart is currently winless on the 2014 season and has been mathematically eliminated from qualification for the Chase via points. He would need to win one of the final two races of the regular season, then receive a waiver from NASCAR in order to make the championship field.
NASCAR has not commented on whether they would grant such an exemption.
Stewart will meet with the media Friday at 1:00 PM at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR President Mike Helton will address the situation at 2 PM ET.