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.
— Dave Moody (@DGodfatherMoody) August 19, 2014
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.