Tony Stewart will not race at Michigan; Jeff Burton to drive No. 14

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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.

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Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”