On Wednesday afternoon, Stewart-Haas Racing made another announcement pertaining the status of driver and co-owner Tony Stewart. Earlier this week, unofficial reports had been put out indicating that Stewart would not be in Bristol, but they were just that, unofficial. Stewart-Haas Racing officially confirmed those reports.
Stewart will not be in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet this weekend in Bristol, the third consecutive race that the three-time Sprint Cup Series Champion will have missed in the wake of the incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9th that claimed the life of Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints regular Kevin Ward, Jr. Jeff Burton, who drove the No. 14 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, will once again drive as Stewart’s substitute.
The team once again stated that the announcement only pertains to Bristol. Stewart and the team are continuing to only decide to race on a week-to-week basis. There are no updates for Stewart’s status beyond Bristol. In addition, Stewart did not make any comment in the press release issued by the team.