BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Tony Stewart is skipping a second straight Sprint Cup race, and it is not clear when the NASCAR star might return after he struck and killed a driver at a dirt-track race in New York last weekend. "This decision was Tonys," said Brett Frood, executive vice-president of Stewart-Haas Racing. "An emotional week for him. Hes grieving -- made the decision hes not ready to get in the race car and will take it week by week." Jeff Burton will drive the No. 14 car in Stewarts place in Sundays Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Frood says they havent discussed any other races. Last Saturday during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, Stewart appeared to clip Kevin Ward Jr.s car, sending it spinning, Ward left the car during the caution period, walked down the track and was hit by Stewarts car. His funeral was Thursday. Stewart could face criminal charges. Frood said Friday that Stewart was surrounded by his closest friends and family, although he didnt say where. Defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said hes tried to contact Stewart but hasnt heard back. "Id imagine theres still a lot going on, and Id assume hes being advised to keep comments to a minimum right now with all the legal things that are out there pending," Johnson said. "As much as Im concerned for Tony and his well-being, the pain and sorrow that the Ward family and friends are going through -- its such a sad, sad set of circumstances." Burton, who made his Cup debut in 1993, has been making the transition to the broadcast booth, but hes ready to help SHR in Stewarts absence, at least for this race. "My role here is to hopefully provide a little stability, give that team a chance to have the most success they can have in a very difficult situation," Burton said. "Hopefully me being here in some kind of way can help, I dont know how, but hopefully I can find a way to help a healing process start. I dont know how that is, but that would be my ultimate goal for everybody." Stewart is winless and 21st in the Cup standings this season. Its not clear what sitting out does for Stewarts chances to reach the Chase for the Sprint Cup. NASCAR rules say a driver must either qualify the car or race the car each weekend. NASCAR does have the power to grant a waiver. "The Chase is of the lowest priority as it relates to Tony right now," Frood said. "Right now its about getting Tony in a better place than he is. When hes ready to do that, hell get back in the car." Jamie McGinn Jersey . LA (SportsNetwork. Evgenii Dadonov Jersey . Heavily-criticized after allowing a dozen goals on 58 shots in two games in Boston, Luongo continued his dominance at home. Hes now allowed two goals in three home games in this series. http://www.cheapfloridapanthersjerseys.com/. Vonn flew back to Vail, Colo., last week after hurting her surgically repaired right knee at a downhill race in France. "Her knee was swollen again after Val dIsere," U.S. womens head coach Alex Hoedlmoser told The Associated Press. Derek MacKenzie Jersey . A spokeswoman for the NLRB says its "a very incremental move" and does not necessarily indicate the board is close to a finding in the case. NFL owners filed an unfair labour charge against the players union in February, arguing that the union was not negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement in good faith. Micheal Haley Jersey . I wondered how NHL coaches would feel about a playoff schedule that allowed them to open a best-of-seven series on the road, which many claim to favour, yet still gave them the precious home-ice edge for a seventh game.Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Bergenheims tip-in with 6:52 remaining in the third period lifted the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. Jonathan Huberdeau and rookie Aaron Ekblad both scored in the second period for the Panthers, who got 30 saves from Roberto Luongo. Floridda ended a 10-game losing streak to the Blue Jackets, a six-game home skid and a five-game slide overall.dddddddddddd Jack Johnson and rookie Alexander Wennberg had second-period goals for Columbus, which has dropped six of its last nine games. Curtis McElhinney gave up three goals on 31 shots. Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys Cheap Braves Jerseys Cheap Orioles Jerseys Cheap Red Sox Jerseys Cheap Cubs Jerseys Cheap White Sox Jerseys Cheap Reds Jerseys Cheap Indians Jerseys Cheap Rockies Jerseys Cheap Tigers Jerseys Cheap Astros Jerseys Cheap Royals Jerseys Cheap Angels Jerseys Cheap Dodgers Jerseys Cheap Marlins Jerseys ' ' '