A year ago three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was sidelined from racing when he broke his leg in a sprint car he was racing on dirt. Last night Stewart returned to sprint car racing and to victory lane.

Stewart was injured when he crashed in a dirt race last year at a speedway in Iowa. He flipped his sprint car while leading with five laps remaining in that race and wound up missing the final 15 NASCAR Cup races of 2013 due to his injury.

A couple of months ago Stewart climbed back into a sprint car for the first time since his injury in a test at Ray Evernham's dirt track in North Carolina. He said that he would not announce when or where he would actually race a sprint car again so nobody would know when it's coming. He wanted to just slide-in and do it to enjoy it.

It happened just as promised. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off this weekend, Stewart had some extra time to venture off to Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan. Stewart was running second when the leader encountered trouble and Stewart went on for the victory.

Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson are using the off weekend to get some extra track time at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race tonight. They both hope to pick up some information that may be useful when the Cup series returns to Chicagoland when the Chase for the Championship begins in September.

In local racing last night, Kenny Tremont won the Hungry Mike Ronca Memorial modified feature at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Willy Decker picked up the modified win at the Glen Ridge Motorsports park.