Tony Stewart will return to the track for the first time in three weeks this weekend in Atlanta. Today Stewart spoke publicly for the first time since his sprint car struck and killed Kevin Ward, Junior on August 9th in upstate New York, reading a prepared statement. He took no questions because the crash investigation is ongoing. tony stewart/three time cup series champ: this is one of the toughest tragedies i've ever had to deal with both professionally and personally and this is something that will definitely affect my life forever. i've taken the last couple of weeks off out of respect for kevin and his family and also to cope with the accident in my own way. it's given me time to think about life and how easy it is to take it for granted.