CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track.
Stewart announced the decision in a statement Thursday. His plans for the rest of the season have not been determined.
Jeff Burton will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in Michigan.
Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, N.Y. After Stewart clipped Ward’s car, sending it spinning, Ward got out of the car during the caution period, walked down the track and was hit by Stewart.
Ward’s funeral was Thursday in Boonville, N.Y. He died of blunt force trauma.
Stewart’s dirt-racing career is on hold, and he could face criminal charges.
Stewart has not commented since he made a statement Sunday. The three-time NASCAR champ is winless and 21st in the Cup standings .
Ontario (N.Y.) County Sheriff Philip Povero said investigators don’t have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent. The investigation could last another two weeks.
Stewart’s sponsors have stayed with him as the investigation unfolds. Mobil 1 has served as the primary sponsor of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet.
Burton, who works as an analyst for NBC, made only two starts this season, the last coming in July at New Hampshire.