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NASCAR Fines Tony Stewart Shortly After His Return Announced

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart has been cleared to return to racing and will be back in his car Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

The three-time NASCAR champion missed the first eight races of the season with a fractured vertebra suffered in a January all-terrain vehicle crash. The injury occurred one week before Stewart was scheduled to start his final season in NASCAR. He's retiring at the end of this year.

"As soon as the doctors said they were happy with my scans, I wasn't going to wait any longer to get back in my race car," Stewart said, announcing his return Thursday on Twitter. "I want to make the most of my last season in Sprint Cup, and...

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