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Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart climbed from his battered car, took a big gulp of water, and surveyed the damage.

His night was done.

Not the way he wanted to come back to racing.

In his first event since his sprint car struck and killed a fellow driver, Stewart slammed the wall twice and settled for a dismal 41st-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, leaving him in a must-win situation next weekend at Richmond to make NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: Oral-B USA 500
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Jeff Gordon8721
2Dale Earnhardt Jr.8512
3Matt Kenseth7945
4Joey Logano7914
5Brad Keselowski7823
6Jimmie Johnson7666
7Carl Edwards7558
8Kevin Harvick7487
9Ryan Newman7479
10Greg Biffle72811
11Kasey Kahne70813
12Clint Bowyer70510

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