Tony Stewart returns to a sprint car for the first time since his accident

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So, not even a month ago, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart joined Twitter. Some dismissed it as a publicity stunt, but he’s already used the social media platform to make one major bit of news.

On Monday, he returned to a sprint car for the first time since his accident last August where he broke his leg and it cost him the rest of the 2013 NASCAR season.

Stewart said he’d return and Monday’s test was the first step to his comeback, for what will be a reduced slate of dirt races.

Stewart posted a number of pictures of the test after he got out, then wrote: “Thank you to Rusty Rush and everyone @rushtruckcenter for helping me. This was a huge day for me. 9 1/2 months since I’ve been in one.”

We’ll let “Smoke’s” picture tweets tell the rest of the story.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

TRUCKS

CARS

QUADS

 

MOTORCYCLES