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


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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