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Three-time Sprint Cup champion has missed past three races MORE: NASCAR statement on Tony Stewart's return RELATED: Full coverage of Tony Stewart incident Tony Stewart will return this weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and make his first Sprint Cup start since Pocono Raceway on Aug. 3. Stewart will speak to the media at 1 p.m. ET at the infield media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He will be joined by Stewart-Haas Racing Executive Vice President Brett Frood. That availability will be streamed live on NASCAR.com . In a statement, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said: "Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition." NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time. That availability will be streamed live on NASCAR.com . Stewart was involved in a sprint car racing incident earlier this month that resulted in driver Kevin Ward Jr. suffering fatal injuries at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a half-mile dirt track on the Ontario County Fairgrounds. The investigation regarding the incident is ongoing. Stewart's racing plans outside NASCAR have been canceled and will not resume until further notice. Stewart has not raced in the past three Sprint Cup events. Jeff Burton filled in at Bristol and at Michigan, guiding the No. 14 team to finishes of 15th and 37th at each track, respectively. At Watkins Glen, NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Regan Smith piloted the No. 14 Chevrolet to a 37th-place finish. Stewart was on the initial entry list for Atlanta that was released Monday. Stewart-Haas Racing officials said at Michigan on Aug. 15 that there was no timetable for Stewart's return to NASCAR racing and that the decision would be the driver's call to make. After sitting out the past three races, Stewart is 26th in points. To be eligible for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a driver must attempt to qualify for all 26 races leading up to the Chase and be in the top 30 in points. However, according to NASCAR, for rare instances the requirement can be waived as long as the driver is in the top 30. It is not known if Stewart would receive a waiver. Stewart currently has 537 points while 30th-place David Gilliland has 376. Stewart is returning to a track where he has fared well in his career. In 26 starts, he has three wins, 10 top-five finishes, 15 top-10 finishes and a pole. In the past nine years, he also has the third-highest driver rating at the track (100.2). The Oral-B USA 500 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Regan Smith talks about racing with Dylan Kwasniewski and needing better pit stops to win a championship this year.
Greg Zipadelli, Vice President of Competition for Stewart-Haas Racing, addresses the media at Watkins Glen International to announce Regan Smith will drive the No. 14 prior to today's race.
Keep tabs on all three national series races this weekend RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today This weekend brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series to Atlanta Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park . The Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 is on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children is on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN2. The Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 is on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out this weekend's schedule . For TV times, see this week's TV schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Atlanta and Canada. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard , Nationwide Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Series RaceBuddy is back on NASCAR.com and NASCAR Mobile . Get 10 live high-definition feeds, including views of pit road and battle cams. The drivers featured for RaceBuddy this week are: Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne , Jeff Gordon , Kyle Larson , Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. For the Nationwide Series RaceBuddy , Harvick, Regan Smith , Chase Elliott , Matt Kenseth , Joey Logano and Kyle Busch will be the drivers featured. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can take a peek here and there. Check in now and then to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with RaceView Audio . On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions, for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag for the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Regan Smith describes what it would mean to win a race at his home track of Watkins Glen.
Regan Smith will pilot the No. 14 as Tony Stewart will not race Sunday after an incident Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Nationwide veteran Smith says rookie Dylan K needs to pay his dues
Jeff Burton, Regan Smith lauded for fill-in roles in Tony Stewart's absence MORE: Complete coverage of Tony Stewart incident Tony Stewart missed his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this past weekend, and Greg Zipadelli doesn't know when his driver, and close friend, will be back behind the wheel. UPDATE: Stewart to return at Atlanta In the meantime, Stewart's No. 14 team Stewart-Haas Racing team continues to prepare for each week's race. Maybe for the three-time Sprint Cup champion, maybe for another driver such as Jeff Burton , the driver of record for the group these past two weekends during Stewart's absence. Regan Smith filled in for the team at Watkins Glen. "It's just an emotional roller coaster all week, you know what I mean?" Zipadelli said after Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "It is what it is. "We do the best we can with what we've got right now. We'll keep praying, keep our fingers crossed that we get the boss back sooner rather than later." Stewart has not competed in a Sprint Cup race since Aug. 3 when he finished 36th at Pocono Raceway . Less than a week later, on Aug. 9, driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed when he was struck by Stewart's winged sprint car during an event at Canandaigua (New York) Motorsports Park. An investigation by the Ontario County (New York) Police Department is on-going. Zipadelli, Stewart's crew chief for a decade when the two were paired at Joe Gibbs Racing , is vice president of competition at SHR, and oversees the operation of the No. 14 entry as well as the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick , the No. 10 of Danica Patrick and the No. 41 of Kurt Busch . Burton, winner of 21 Sprint Cup races and headed to NBC Sports in 2015, finished 15th at BMS after running in the top 10 for much of the second half of the race. Damage to the front end of his car eventually negated a shrewd pit call that put him fourth in the running order. It was a better result than the previous week when a broken tail pipe was the culprit for a 37th-place finish, but a missed opportunity as well. "They ran 10th to 15th basically all night," Zipadelli said of the team. "They're still learning each other; got that damage and killed the grille and that got them behind a little bit there and didn't realize it on that long, green flag run and lost a lot of spots." Burton's experience and his demeanor have been a big help as the team has worked its way through these past few weeks, according to Zipadelli. "He's been so calm and cool, and getting these guys as much good feedback as he can," he said. "You couldn't ask for a better guy to get in the car. "It's big shoes to fill, you know? He did a really nice job, he's done a really classy job the last couple of weeks and that's what we needed. "This team needed that, somebody that would be there for them and work through these tough times." Stewart missed the final 15 races of the 2013 season after suffering a broken leg while competing in a sprint car race in Iowa. He returned to NASCAR competition in February. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule