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Drivers, SHR crew chiefs react to Stewart’s return on social media

Aug 28, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

First reactions from the NASCAR community are starting to hit social media after Stewart Haas Racing announced that Tony Stewart would go back to competition this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

After a three-race absence following his Aug. 9 sprint car accident at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr., Stewart will be back inside his familiar No. 14 Chevrolet.

Several drivers, including the Chase-bound A.J. Allmendinger and part-time driver/TV analyst Kenny Wallace, are happy to hear of Stewart’s imminent return:

SHR driver Kevin Harvick also re-tweeted today’s full statement from the team regarding Stewart racing in Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500.

Additionally, two SHR crew chiefs – Tony Gibson (No. 10, Danica Patrick) and Rodney Childers (No. 4, Harvick) reacted to the news earlier this afternoon:

  1. chaparral2f - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    The NASCAR community is glad to have Smoke back because they know that what happened to Kevin Ward was an accident or racing incident and in no way was it intentional. We need to move on. Nothing can bring Kevin back. The sport needs Tony and Tony needs to know that his fans and sponsors want him back as well.

  2. dwnascarnut - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Please media, leave Tony alone, He does not need to be asked How he feels? or Was it hard to come back? questions over and over again. You guys have done enough damage speculating during the last 3 weeks! Just let Tony re-group this weekend, Thank you!

  3. indycarseries500 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Kenny Wallace trying to make Smoke rethink this decision?

  4. harddazeknight - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    I don’t like Stewart. I think he’s a bad tempered bully who thinks of a race car as a weapon. That being said, I’m glad to see him “getting back on the horse”. What happened was tragic but it WAS an accident… if Ward hadn’t gotten out of his car he’d still (I assume) be alive. For Stewart to let the accident effect his future as a driver would be to compound the tragedy.

  5. lenme1 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I’m happy to see him back. Missed seeing him race, but he had to take the time he needed. Best wishes to Tony and the Ward family.

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