Nascar’s Stewart to Skip 3rd Straight Race Since Killing Driver

Tony Stewart will not compete in this weekend’s Nascar race at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway, the third straight event he has skipped since striking and killing a fellow driver in a dirt-track race.

Stewart, 43, is a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion -- Nascar’s highest echelon of racing. He will be replaced for the second straight week by Jeff Burton, a winner of 21 Sprint Cup races.

“This driver change pertains only to Bristol,” the Stewart-Haas Racing team said today in a news release. “Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined.”

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died when Stewart’s car struck him as he walked on the dimly lit dirt track during a Aug. 9 race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Stewart’s car had bumped Ward’s car into the wall on the previous lap, and video images showed Ward getting out of his car and gesturing at Stewart before he was struck.

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