An official announcement came from Stewart-Haas Racing on Wednesday stating that Tony Stewart’s hiatus from racing will coninue through the upcoming Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway race weekend. Jeff Burton will, again, serve as fill-in driver behind the wheel of the No. 14 SHR Chevrolet in Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol.
Stewart continues to deal with the aftermath of a racing incident between himself and Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on Aug. 9 that led to Ward’s death. A date for Stewart’s return to NASCAR racing has not yet been determined, according to a team spokesperson.
Meanwhile a grassroots-sort of movement on social media has fans who plan to be in attendance at Bristol on Saturday night planning to stand on lap 14 of the 500-lap race as a statement saying that they support Stewart. They’re calling the movement, “Stand With Smoke.”
Burton also drove Stewart’s No. 14 car in last weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. He finished 37th.