NASCAR AMERICA: Jeff Burton on taking over for Tony Stewart (VIDEO)

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Under very difficult circumstances, NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton went back behind the wheel this weekend at Michigan International Speedway as he replaced Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

After starting 27th, Burton was running in the Top 20 when he reported that the cockpit of the No. 14 was filling with smoke. He was eventually forced to go to the garage, where the No. 14 crew discovered a broken tailpipe; a crack in said tailpipe was allowing heat to escape and the car’s heat shields had caught on fire.

Following replacement of the tailpipe, Burton returned to action at 24 laps off the pace. He eventually finished 37th.

Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Burton talked about his experience working with SHR, whether he’ll continue to fill in for the team in Stewart’s absence, and his own emotions regarding the aftermath of the Aug. 9 sprint car incident that involved Stewart and took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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