Tony Stewart returns to track aboard scooter

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Tony Stewart (left) talks with Ryan Newman at Richmond. Stewart called his visit to the track the "best medicine for me."   STEVE HELBER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Tony Stewart (left) talks with Ryan Newman at Richmond. Stewart called his visit to the track the "best medicine for me."

RICHMOND, Va. — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart returned to the track for the first time since breaking his leg in a sprint car accident.

Stewart used a motorized scooter adorned with the logos of his NASCAR sponsors to navigate his way around Richmond International Raceway on Friday. He’d been absent since his Aug. 5 accident at an Iowa dirt track hospitalized him for a week.

Stewart needed two surgeries for a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg. He was bedridden for a week after his release from the hospital, and confined to the North Carolina home of his longtime business manager for almost a month.

“Being at the race track is the best medicine for me,” Stewart said as he scooted around the garage Friday.

NATIONWIDE SERIES: Brad Keselowski passed Brian Scott on a restart with 11 laps to go Friday night and pulled away after another restart with six laps remaining to go to win at Richmond.

Scott, seeking his first victory in 134 starts in the series, led the first 239 laps before Keselowski made the outside groove work for him, finally overtaking Scott on his way to his 25th career victory in the series and the 19th in a row for a Cup Series regular at Richmond.

Scott’s team protested that Keselowski jumped the last restart, but to no avail.

Scott was second, followed by Regan Smith, Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne.

INDYCAR: Fined Scott Dixon $30,000 on Friday and placed him on probation through the end of the year for disparaging comments after the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Last week in Baltimore, Dixon called for race director Beaux Barfield to be fired following a second consecutive frustrating race that affected his title chances.

Earlier this week, the New Zealand driver said he expected to be fined.


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