Tony Stewart’s self-imposed exile from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will continue for at least another week.
Stewart Haas Racing has announced that the former Sprint Cup Series champion will sit-out his third consecutive race, giving way to substitute driver Jeff Burton in the aftermath of the Aug. 9 Sprint Car incident that killed driver Kevin Ward Jr.
Regan Smith replaced Stewart the day after the crash at Watkins Glen International, with Burton behind the wheel last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Stewart has forfeited his eligibility for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by not competing in those races and has dropped from 19th to 25th in the point standings.
Stewart Hass Racing said today’s announcement applies only to Bristol, and that Stewart’s plans for upcoming races have yet to be determined.