NASCAR AMERICA: Assessing Tony Stewart’s return at Atlanta (VIDEO)

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When the returning Tony Stewart emerged for pre-race driver intros Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, those in the grandstands loudly welcomed back the three-time Sprint Cup champion.

But despite a strong run early, Stewart couldn’t send them home happy.

Contact with Kyle Busch at Lap 122 left his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with damage, and then on Lap 172, Stewart’s night came to a halt after slamming the Turn 2 wall.

After that incident, Stewart dejectedly told his crew that they deserved a better result. But NASCAR AMERICA’S Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman believe that Stewart handled himself well throughout a difficult weekend.

You can hear what they had to say in the clip above.