Tony Stewart won’t race in Pure Michigan 400

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-14 18:05:14-04

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will not race in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the second straight race he has dropped out of since his car made contact with 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr. after he’d exited his car during a a dirt track race on Aug. 9. Ward, Jr. was killed in the incident.

In a statement from Stewart-Haas Racing, Stewart’s team says Jeff Burton will race their #14 car in Brooklyn on Sunday, adding that “this driver change pertains only to Michigan. Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined.”

There’s still an ongoing investigation into Ward’s death.