Tony Stewart on entry list for Michigan
August 11, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Tony Stewart is on the entry list for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway, while the three-time NASCAR champion weighs whether to race.
Stewart sat out this past Sunday's race at Watkins Glen International after being involved in an incident at an upstate New York dirt track in which another competitor was killed. Stewart was racing sprint cars at Canandaigua Motorsports Park when his vehicle struck driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was out of his car. Although the incident is under investigation by authorities, Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said this past Sunday there were no facts to support a criminal charge.
Calling it "a very emotional time for all involved," Stewart pulled out of the race at Watkins Glen, turning his No. 14 car over to Nationwide Series regular Regan Smith. Stewart also withdrew from a planned sprint-car race Saturday at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana, according to the track.
Although Stewart is on the entry list for Michigan, that does not necessarily mean he will start the race. According to a representative of the Stewart-Haas Racing team, the decision on whether to race Sunday will be Stewart's, and he will have as much time as he needs to make that decision. Stewart's racing plans outside NASCAR have been canceled and will not resume until further notice.
"It is still an emotional time for all involved, Tony included," team representative Mike Arning said. "He is grieving, and grief doesn’t have a timetable."