Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Wednesday that Tony Stewart will not race in Saturday's night IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It will mark the third straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race that the three-time champion will not participate in after his sprint-car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9th.
Jeff Burton will replace Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet at Bristol. Burton replaced Stewart last weekend at Michigan International Speedway and Regan Smith replaced Stewart the day after the incident at Watkins Glen International.
Stewart-Haas Racing said in the release today that Stewart has not made a decision regarding any future races at this time so it can be expected to see his name on the initial entry list for next week's race just like it has been for Michigan and Bristol.
Stewart has not conducted any interviews since the incident with the media and only has released one personal statement on Ward's death which came on Sunday, August 10th the day after the incident. The investigation into the incident in Ontario County is ongoing.
Jeff Burton has made 40 career Sprint Cup Series starts at the World's Fastest Half-Mile and picked up one win in 2008 at the the track. Burton will start his fourth race of the 2014 season and will be in NBC's broadcast booth for next season's NASCAR coverage.
Another change on the entry list for the Irwin Tools Night Race on Wednesday was that Brett Moffitt will now drive the No. 66 Toyota instead of Joe Nemechek. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race from Bristol Motor Speedway can be seen Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ABC.
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