Tony Stewart will not race at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, MI (NBC) -- Tony Stewart will not race in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart’s public relations director, Mike Arning, made the announcement in an email to media late Thursday afternoon.

Stewart will be replaced behind the wheel of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet by Jeff Burton, who is retiring at the end of this season to become a full-time analyst for NASCAR on NBC.

Burton’s placement in Stewart’s car is only for Sunday’s race.

“Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined,” Arning’s statement noted.

Burton, along with SHR executive vice president Brett Frood and SHR vice president of competition Greg Zipadelli, will meet with the media Friday morning in the infield media center at MIS.

Stewart was replaced in this past Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen by Nationwide Series driver Regan Smith.