Tony Stewart (pictured) will skip his third straight race since he killed Kevin Ward Jr.
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) -
Tony Stewart will not compete in Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Wednesday.
It's the third straight Sprint Cup race that Stewart has skipped since he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
Jeff Burton will substitute for Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the second straight week. Last Sunday, Burton started 27th and finished 37th at Michigan International Speedway. He experienced a mechanical issue and had to spend more than 20 laps in the garage for repairs.
Drivers rally around Stewart
By Chris Symeon, Motorsports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
While Tony Stewart continues to grieve in an undisclosed location following the death of Kevin Ward Jr., many of his fellow competitors in NASCAR remain supportive of Stewart and are defending his role in the tragic accident.
Stewart, a three-time champion in NASCAR's premier series, struck and killed Ward during a sprint car race on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. Stewart has missed the previous two Sprint Cup Series races. Regan Smith substituted for him this past week at Watkins Glen International, and Jeff Burton filled in over the weekend at Michigan International Speedway.