Tony Stewart the obvious fan favorite during pre-race introductions at Atlanta

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HAMPTON, Ga. — Forget Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick and pretty much anyone else — with the exception of one NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.

When it came to determining the most popular driver during pre-race introductions of Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500, there was no doubt about the outcome.

Fans at Atlanta Motor Speedway voted with their cheers and applause, yelling and clapping the loudest for Tony Stewart.

Having missed the last three races due to the Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy, Stewart made his first NASCAR race appearance since the August 9th incident at an upstate New York dirt track.

Stewart qualified 12th for the 325-lap event around the 1.5-mile track.

While some might think it a surprise that Stewart received so much love, one other driver received the most boos and catcalls: Kyle Busch.

No surprise there.

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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