Stewart Back In Saddle

JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Stewart said he still doesn't remember what happened yesterday, but on Saturday it was business as usual for the driver of the Home Depot Chevrolet.

Yesterday, Stewart crashed in the morning practice session and was transported to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center for a precautionary examination after he hit the Turn 4 wall.

"I'm doing a lot better today than yesterday," said Stewart. "I feel like I got invited to a baseball bat war and didn't get my own bat. Everything on my right side feels real good; everything on the left side is sore. We'll just go back and relax today and chill out and get ready for tomorrow."

Stewart got back behind the wheel Saturday morning a little bruised, but is dealing with the pain.

"It's a little more painful when we get going," said Stewart about being in the car in practice. "To have a hit like we had and to expect not to be sore today is virtually impossible."

Stewart wound up with the 12th fastest speed in the first practice session (182.045 mph) and the 19th in Happy Hour (180.096 mph).

Stewart will start last in Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series USG Sheetrock 400 after J.J. Yeley qualified the backup car 13th.

He said he expects to run the entire race and Yeley will not be standing by as a replacement.

"I told him (Yeley) to go home and take the day off," said Stewart. "I can't thank him enough."

Tomorrow, Stewart will make his second consecutive start in a backup car at Chicagoland. Last year, he crashed in practice and then went on to win the race.

Stewart hopes the outcome will be the same.

Busch Best in Happy Hour
Rookie Kyle Busch ran 27 laps in Happy Hour and posted the fastest lap (182.371 mph) of the session on lap two. Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon and Jason leffler rounded out the top five. Ricky Rudd, who was 10th fastest, completed the most laps with 47.

Kenseth Leads Morning Practice
Matt Kenseth led Saturday's first NEXTEL Cup Series practice session with a lap of 183.599 mph. Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five in the session.

Rensi Motorsports Charity Plans
Team Rensi Motorsports Co-Owner Ed Rensi announced Saturday the formation of a relationship with the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA). Rensi's wife, Anne, was the recipient of a kidney transplant so the program hits close to home for the family.

"We are hopeful that NASCAR fans will recognize recognize the importance of becoming an organ donor and take the time to register," said Rensi, who owns the two car Busch team of Jason Keller and Ashton Lewis, Jr. My wife was very lucky to have received an organ transplant, and Anne and I along with all of Team Rensi Motorsports are excited about joining forces with COTA."

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