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It’s official: Tony Stewart to miss Bristol race, Jeff Burton to once again drive No. 14

Aug 20, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

Jeff Burton AP

Tony Stewart will miss this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third consecutive race Stewart has skipped in the aftermath of the tragic racing incident with sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. nearly two weeks ago.

As was the case at this past weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway, veteran Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton will replace Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet.

“Tony Stewart has decided not to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway,” said a statement released by team officials.

The rest of the statement read:

“Veteran driver Jeff Burton, a winner of 21 Sprint Cup races, will pilot the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in place of Stewart for the second straight week.

“Burton subbed for Stewart last weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Burton has 40 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol, which include a victory in the 2008 Food City 500.

“The driver change pertains only to Bristol. Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined.”

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  1. jxegh - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Good decision. Tony should not race until he is cleared of any wrongdoing with the Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy.

  2. goremama - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    His career will never be the same all because this kid had to get out of his car. Stupid, tragic for both of them and senseless. Hope you can make it thru this Tony.

  3. ljstud1o - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Will he ever race again? Of course. Will he ever go to prison even if he charged with vehicular homicide? Of course not.

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Of course not, don’t think it’s vehicular homicide if someone runs into your car.

  4. manik56 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Who would have thought Jeff Burton gets to have a farewell tour?

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