Following a fatal accident last weekend in which Tony Stewart killed a fellow driver the NASCAR star will not be racing this Sunday.

In a press conference today Brett Frood, Executive Vice President of the Stewart-Haas Racing team says Jeff Burton will serve as substitute driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet during this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, the Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.

Jeff Burton   August 15, 2014                Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images

Stewart will sit out the 200-lap, 400-mile race on August 17th.  It is the second he has missed since the accident at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  Kevin Ward, Jr., was killed after Stewart drove the man over after Ward walked onto the track after hitting the wall with his car.  No criminal charges have been filed against Stewart, but there are many who have criticized the NASCAR driver for not avoiding Ward who was gesturing, apparently at Stewart, while on the track.  The 20-year old Port Leyden native was laid to rest on Thursday.

Stewart-Haas has not said when Stewart will resume racing.


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