Stewart out, Burton in for Michigan

August 14, 2014 No Comments

BurtonBrian Wiggins, Senior Writer

For the second consecutive year, Tony Stewart will miss the August race at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart, who was involved in a tragic sprint car incident which claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr. (20) last weekend at Canadiauga Motorsports Park in New York. Ward Jr. was struck by Stewart’s car when he climbed out of the car to confront Stewart after an on-track incident.

This weekend will mark the second-consectuive Sprint Cup race Stewart has missed  as he did not compete in last weekend’s event at Watkins Glen International. Regan Smith substituted for Stewart and finished thirty-fourth.

Jeff Burton, who has competed in two Sprint Cup races for Michael Waltrip Racing this season, will drive the No.14 Chevrolet in this weekend’s Pure Michigan 400.

According to a press release issued by Stewart Haas Racing Thursday evening, there is no timetable as to when Stewart will return to the No.14 Chevrolet.

The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the incident between Stewart and Ward Jr. Sheriff Phillip Povero of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department said Monday that this investigation could take two more weeks. Povero said no evidence which would lead to criminal charges for Stewart have been found, however those charges still have not been ruled out.

A funeral was held for Ward Jr. Thursday in Turin, N.Y.

 

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