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Stewart won't race this weekend

Tony Stewart announced Thursday that he will not race this weekend, skipping a second straight Sprint Cup race since his car struck and killed a driver on a dirt track in upstate New York.

Jeff Burton will drive Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart sat out last Sunday NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, N.Y.

On Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Ward was killed when he tried to confront Stewart on the track after Stewart sent Ward's winged car into the wall. Ward was fatally struck by the right rear tire of Stewart's car.

Ward's funeral was Thursday in Boonville, N.Y.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said that investigators don't have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent. The investigation could last another two weeks.

According to a team press release, the driver change only pertains to the Michigan race. Stewart's plans for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series schedule have yet to be determined.

Burton, a 21-time winner in the sport's premier series, has made only two starts this season in a part-time role for Michael Waltrip Racing. He finished 17th at Las Vegas in March and 20th at New Hampshire in July as he transitions to the broadcast booth next season for NBC.

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