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Tony Stewart the obvious fan favorite during pre-race introductions at Atlanta

Aug 31, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

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HAMPTON, Ga. — Forget Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick and pretty much anyone else — with the exception of one NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.

When it came to determining the most popular driver during pre-race introductions of Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500, there was no doubt about the outcome.

Fans at Atlanta Motor Speedway voted with their cheers and applause, yelling and clapping the loudest for Tony Stewart.

Having missed the last three races due to the Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy, Stewart made his first NASCAR race appearance since the August 9th incident at an upstate New York dirt track.

Stewart qualified 12th for the 325-lap event around the 1.5-mile track.

While some might think it a surprise that Stewart received so much love, one other driver received the most boos and catcalls: Kyle Busch.

No surprise there.

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  1. barkleyblows - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    At least he didn’t kill anyone tonight!

    • brettperryhd - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Real classy there buddy.

  2. gajohnson52 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Seeing Tony back was the highlight of the race. NASCAR’s not the same without him.

  3. techmeister1 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Actually Tony has never killed anyone. Kevin Ward Jr. basically committed unintentional suicide which is very tragic.

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