Tony Stewart will sit out Michigan race, Jeff Burton to take his place

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INDIANAPOLIS – NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart has announced he will sit out this week’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart Haas Racing announced this late Thursday afternoon. Veteran NASCAR driver Jeff Burton will take his place in the No. 14 car.

This is the second consecutive race that Stewart will sit out after he hit and killed Kevin Ward Junior after he left his car during a Sprint Car race in New York. No charges have been filed against Stewart by the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department but this incident remains under investigation.

Stewart also sat out last week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, which was run 14 hours after the incident occcured at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Last week it was Regan Smith who filled in for Stewart on short notice and finished 37th.