Sirius XM Radio: Tony Stewart to sit out Bristol; Jeff Burton in for second straight weekend

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According to Sirius XM’s Dave Moody, Tony Stewart will miss his third straight Sprint Cup Series race in a row following the tragedy at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.



Moody added on Sirius XM Radio today that fans should not expect Stewart back behind the wheel of his No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet till the investigation is complete. As a result, Jeff Burton will be driving the No. 14 Chevrolet for the second straight race in a row.

During a sprint car event on August 9th at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Ward Jr. was spun out by Stewart. He then got out of his car to display his displeasure, when Stewart’s car would make contact with Ward, sending him sliding across the track. Ward Jr. would be transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. 

Stewart-Haas Racing Executive Vice President Brett Frood addressed the media last weekend at Michigan, stating that Stewart is dealing with a lot of emotions right now.

“It’s been an emotional week for him,” he said. “He’s grieving.  Anytime someone is lost, especially at a racetrack, it’s tragic.  It was a tragic accident, and he’s dealing with quite a bit of grief.”

Frood added that Stewart is “surrounded right now by his closest friends and family” right now, stating that he has been in contact with Stewart over the past week. Moving beyond Michigan, no decision has been made as that will be up to Stewart to decide when he wants.

“When he’s ready to get in the car, he’ll be in there, and we’ll go from there,” he commented.


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Joining mid-2013 season, Ashley McCubbin is now the Managing Editor and contributes to each racing division as needed. Since studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber, Ashley has published articles on a couple of different websites, while serving as a public relations representative for different short track teams.

Born in North York, Ontario, Ashley currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area. She has spent her entire life at the short track level, falling in love with the sport at the age of five. Beyond her love of short track racing, she also has grown an interest for both NASCAR and the IndyCar Racing Series. She also enjoys taking photos and working on websites, while playing a couple rounds of Candy Crush afterwards.

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