Tony Stewart wins in his first sprint car race since crash (PHOTOS, UPDATED)

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UPDATE (11:10 p.m. ET): Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has made a victorious comeback to sprint car racing this evening at the Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan.

The track’s Facebook page confirmed that Stewart won tonight’s feature:

The event was Stewart’s first sprint car race since he broke his leg in a crash last August at the Southern Iowa Speedway. The injury caused him to miss the final 15 races in the 2013 Sprint Cup season.

This past May, Stewart vowed that his first sprint car race after the accident would occur when people least expected it.

“I will be able to tell you how it went,” he said at the time. “Let’s put it that way. You won’t know when it’s coming. When I do go, nobody is going to know about it.”

But with the Sprint Cup Series taking this weekend off, word got out that “Smoke” would be racing tonight in Michigan.

Scot Johnson, sports director at local station WNEM-TV, was able to confirm Stewart’s participation:

And soon enough, fans and media members alike began to post both videos and photos of him rounding the track in practice earlier today:

Tony Stewart on track at Tri City Motor Speedway. #smokewillrise

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Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.