For the second successive Sprint Cup season, Tony Stewart‘s future is unclear after lost the August race at Watkins Glen International.

But in contrast to last season, once the three-time champion was guaranteed to miss many races with a broken right leg, statement Stewart’s comeback might be a lot of trickier.

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Beyond the painfulness that caused him to take a seat out Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The valley when his sprint automobile smitten and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a very Sabbatum night race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Stewart additionally should handle potential legal ramifications of the crash, that is being investigated by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Philip Povero aforesaid the investigation is being reviewed by the prosecuting officer, and there had been no proof to support intent or criminal charges. witness testimony and video still is being gathered because the sheriff’s department seeks to reconstruct the crash. Autopsy results from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s workplace still square measure unfinished for Ward, a native of Port city, N.Y., and observance arrangements additionally haven’t been proclaimed by the family, that discharged a press release Sunday requesting time to grieve.

Citing his spirit, Stewart nonappointive to not race Sunday at Watkins valley, wherever he was replaced within the No. fourteen Chevrolet by Regan Smith (who finished 37th).

NASCAR’s premier series heads this weekend to Michigan International Speedway with four races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.

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Stewart is not qualified for the 10-race contest, however he can retain his eligibility for creating the Chase via a triumph if he tries to qualify Friday at Michigan. With A.J. Allmendigner’s gorgeous triumph Sunday at the valley, twelve of the sixteen spots within the Chase are stuffed by race winners.

Because he’s hierarchical  twenty second within the points, Stewart’s solely shot at creating the Chase for the primary time in 2 years is via a triumph – if he will come back behind the wheel.

Tony Stewart dirt racing faces uncertain future.