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Tony Stewart riding high from sprint car victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm •  Published: July 21, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing.

Stewart raced in a sprint car last weekend for the first time since he broke his leg in an extracurricular race last August. He missed the final 15 weeks of the NASCAR season with the injury.

He vowed he would continue to live his life, and made good on that promise in Michigan, where on Friday night he climbed into a car at Tri-City Motor Speedway and won. He also raced Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway, where he finished third.

"It felt great," said Stewart, who picked a pair of low-profile races to make his return instead of joining the World of Outlaws, home to the top sprint car drivers.

"The Outlaw series was in Pennsylvania, so that's probably the toughest place in the country to try to go back. It's probably the toughest race to go to, period," Stewart said. "I didn't feel like that was probably the best place to try to go back for the first time. But it was neat to get back in the car, finally, in a scenario that was low pressure."

So what's next? More racing, but Stewart said his schedule will be lighter than he hoped.

The three-time NASCAR champion discussed extracurricular racing with his management team and Stewart-Haas Racing competition Greg Zipadelli and mapped out a schedule that Stewart will follow. They decided on tracks with slower speeds out of safety concerns.

"There are some races that I really have my heart set on running," he said. "I'm trying to be smart about where we're going."

On Monday, Stewart was headed to Eldora Speedway, the dirt track he owns in Rossburg, Ohio. He'll be hands-on the next two days as his staff prepares to host NASCAR's Truck Series race on Wednesday for the second consecutive year.

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