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NASCAR champ Tony Stewart will not race this weekend

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. Image by Getty Images

NASCAR champ Tony Stewart will not race this weekend

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 15, 2014

NASCAR racer Tony Stewart isn't ready to return to the track just yet, and won't race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

The three-time Sprint champion is reportedly overwhelmed with grief after killing Kevin Ward Jr., according to USA Today, and he is not ready to race.

The tragic incident happened last Saturday night. Stewart had knocked Ward's car into a wall during a dirt-track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. After Ward crashed, he exited his car and attempted to confront Stewart, who was still driving his car around the track. Stewart's car then hit Ward, resulting in his death.

This is the second race that Stewart has missed since the incident. According to Brett Ford, an executive vice president with Stewart-Haas Racing, it has been an "emotional week for him" and the race car driver is still grieving. He also said that they would "take it week by week."

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Stewart will be replaced this weekend by driver Jeff Burton. The announcement was made during a press conference. Stewart was not present. His exact location is currently unknown to the public.

Watch the press conference below.

Funeral services were held for Ward, who was just 20 years old, on Thursday.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and will probably take at least a couple more weeks to wrap up.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to