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Tony Stewart playing it coy about when he'll race a sprint car next

Tony Stewart drove laps in a sprint car this week for the first time since he broke his right leg in August, a crash that forced him to miss the conclusion of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season. But he's not saying when he's going to be in a race in one.

"I will be able to tell you how it went," Stewart said Friday at Dover. "Let’s put it that way.  You won’t know when it’s coming.  When I do go nobody is going to know about it.  I’m going to just slide in and do it.  I want to enjoy it.  I don’t want it to be a cluster.  Judging off the fact of how many people showed up just to talk to me about going and testing for a couple of hours I can imagine what the group is going to be like after I run my first race.”

Oh, Tony. Had you not tweeted the pictures of getting into the car on Monday, few, if anyone, would have known about the matter. When you scream into a megaphone, you can't even fake that you're mad when it gets people's attention.

“I’m smiling because I am laughing at you guys because it’s like my God I went and tested a sprint car," Stewart said. "I still laugh about how big a deal this has all been made.  We had Cup drivers get hurt last year.  One had a broken wrist, one had a broken back and nobody said anything.  It was all minor news.  I’ve made more news by getting hurt in a dirt car than any of these guys.  It’s bigger news than the guy that had the same injury I had falling off a bicycle last week. I get chuckled.”

Well, a scar that size in the picture below looks like a big deal, right? And Denny Hamlin missing four races was a big deal at the time, while Martin Truex Jr. didn't miss a race with his wrist injury. And no offense to either Hamlin or Truex, but neither of them are a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion.

We're not chastising Stewart -- next to racing sprint cars, one of his favorite hobbies is ribbing media members, his comments aren't unexpected. But it's important to note that not everyone can have everything on his or her terms.

Stewart knows that too. He just wants to show he's the same old Tony Stewart. And what better place to do that than at the site of his last Cup win?

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