Tony Stewart to sit out third consecutive Cup race

08/20/2014 5:22 PM

08/20/2014 8:23 PM

Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will sit out Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway - the third consecutive race he has missed since being involved in an incident Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park that left another racer dead.

As he did last weekend at Michigan, veteran Jeff Burton will drive Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet in Saturday night's race. Burton, a 21-time winner in the Cup series, has 40 career starts at Bristol, including a victory in 2008 in the Food City 500. Team officials said the driver change pertains only to Bristol. Stewart’s plans for upcoming Cup races have yet to be determined.

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