News

Stewart to skip third race since fatal crash

Stewart to skip third race since fatal crash

TONY STEWART: Stewart, one of the highest-paid drivers in NASCAR, was competing in a sprint car race on Aug. 9 in upstate New York when he clipped the car of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Tony Stewart will skip this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third consecutive event the three-time champion has missed since being involved in a fatal on-track accident.

Jeff Burton will replace Stewart for the second straight week, Stewart-Haas Racing said Wednesday.

Stewart, one of the highest-paid drivers in NASCAR, was competing in a sprint car race on Aug. 9 in upstate New York when he clipped the car of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr.

Ward was sent careening into a retaining wall while Stewart continued racing. When the caution flag came out, Ward jumped out of his car and, while in the middle of the track, pointed angrily at Stewart when he came around on the next lap.

Stewart’s car struck Ward, causing fatal injuries in the non-NASCAR race.

No charges have been filed against Stewart although the investigation has not yet been completed.

Stewart, 43, skipped the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, New York, the following day and then sat out the Michigan 400 last week.

Stewart’s plans for the rest of the season have not yet been determined, Stewart-Haas Racing said.

(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Latest Stories

in Entertainment

Oh no! ‘Bennifer’ are divorcing

bennifer

Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they've decided to divorce after 10 years of marriage.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 9 P.M.

National Weather Service Logo 2 .jpg

Most of our region is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m.

in Albemarle County, Local, Surrounding Counties

I-64 UPDATE: One Driver Charged

Accident 64 mm 104 063015 (from Virginia 511)

The driver of the big rig that slammed into a second as it inched toward Afton Mountain has been charged with reckless driving.

in Charlottesville City, Local

Lee Statue Vandalized

Lee statue defaced 063015 (credit Cville police)

The words "black lives matter" were spray-painted on the statue in Lee Park.