How fans welcomed Tony Stewart back to the track

August 31, 2014, Brad Norman, NASCAR.com

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Written messages, loud ovation greet driver in advance of race

As we told you earlier this week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers professed their support for having Tony Stewart back at the track following a three-race absence.

On Sunday, fans at Atlanta Motor Speedway showed Stewart he was missed from beyond the garage as well.

In addition to asking for autographs and bringing homemade signs, Sharpie-wielding fans visited Stewart's pit wall and wrote messages of encouragement before the Oral-B USA 500.

The driver was then given a rousing ovation during introductions (watch the video below).

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