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Nascar's Stewart hits, kills driver on NY track

 
Posted Sunday, August 10th 2014 @ 7am

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) 1:51 p.m. - Tony Stewart says “there aren't words” to describe his sadness over the accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr.

In a statement released by spokesman Mike Arning, Stewart says “my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

The three-time Nascar champion hit Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday night as ward walked toward Stewart's car following an on-track incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. 

Stewart says “It's a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I've decided not to participate in today's race at Watkins Glen.''

The decision was an about-face for his racing team, which said earlier Sunday that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his no. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved. Regan Smith drove Stewart's car instead. 

 

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) 4:41 a.m. - A spokesman for Tony Stewart calls the death of a fellow driver he struck and killed at an upstate New York dirt track a “tragic accident.”

The three-time Nascar champion hit Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday night as ward walked toward Stewart's car following an on-track incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. 

In a statement released Sunday morning, a representative for Stewart says, "our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.'' The statement says Stewart's team is still trying to sort through the details of the accident. 

Stewart is scheduled to race later Sunday in Nascar's Sprint Cup Race at Watkins Glen. 

 

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) 3:24 a.m. - Authorities say Nascar driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a driver who was walking on a dirt track during a race in upstate New York.

A video of the crash Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park showed driver Kevin Ward Jr. stepping toward Stewart's car before being hit and hurtled 50 feet.

The Ontario County Sheriff's Department would not identify the driver but said he was pronounced dead on arrival Saturday night at a hospital in Canandaigua.

Sheriff Philip Povero says the 42-year-old Stewart was “fully cooperative” as he was questioned and released. Povero says the investigation is not criminal.

Calls to Stewarts representatives were not immediately returned.

The three-time Nascar champion is scheduled to race in Nascar's event Sunday at Watkins Glen. 

 

 

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