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NSCS: Stewart to Miss Bristol Motor Speedway

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UPDATE: 8/20/2014:

Stewart-Haas Racing officially tweeted a statement today announcing that Tony Stewart will not race in Bristol. Jeff Burton, as reported by Dave Moody, will again fill in for Stewart as the three-time champion grieves.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. —  According to Sirius XM NASCAR host, Dave Moody, Jeff Burton will once again pilot the No. 14 Chevrolet at the Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the IRWIN Tools Night race.

If this report is true, this will be the third race in-a-row where Tony Stewart has missed a NASCAR Sprint Cup series race since the Sprint Car crash almost three weekend’s ago. It is still unclear when Stewart will get back into his ride. Rumors are swirling that Stewart will likely remain out of the car until the police are complete with the investigation. There is still not a time-table on when said investigation will be complete.

The No. 14 team fell out of the Pure Michigan 400 after having a broken tailpipe. It wasn’t until about 24 laps later that Burton was able to return to the track. Because he had this issue. Burton finished 37th after starting the event from 27th. It was the first time since the incident Stewart had with Kevin Ward Jr., that Burton raced the car.

The team hopes the Bristol Motor Speedway weekend will start spreading good vibes around the entire organization. With two cars in the Chase, SHR is determined to get the No. 14 inside the owners Chase, and quite possibly the No. 10 Chevrolet and Danica Patrick in the driver’s Chase. This weekend will certainly be interesting to monitor how the team performs.

*Editor’s note: A phone call from Rubbings Racing to Stewart’s PR representative went unanswered Tuesday evening.

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About Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham is a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department at Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter at @NASCAR_BRETT. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Winningham covers multiple NASCAR events in the midwest each season.

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1 Comment

  1. Debra Amos

    August 20, 2014 at 6:50 am

    This is the right decision. I am saddened for the Ward family, however the young man contributed to his own death, and by doing so, has permanently put a mark on Stewart’s career that will follow him for the rest of his life . And that saddens me as well.

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