Stewart misses Watkins Glen,
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Tony Stewart practices Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Regan Smith subbed for Stewart Sunday at The Glen.
Through the unprecedented circumstances at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Tony Stewart elected to skip the Watkins Glen Cup race Sunday morning, releasing a statement early in the afternoon.
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.,” Stewart said in a statement released Sunday.
“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. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
In a Sprint Car race in upstate New York, Kevin Ward Jr. and NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart made contact, sending Ward’s car into the outside wall, damaging his car enough to presumably end his race Saturday night.
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Tony Stewart's Sprint Car Saturday night.
Ward unbuckled and exited his car, pointing his finger at Stewart and walking towards oncoming traffic. As Stewart passed, his sideways car struck Ward.
Ward was sent flying backwards and came to a stop without moving many feet away from the original point of contact.
Ward was later confirmed dead on arrival at a local hospital.
Regan Smith, a past veteran of the Cup Series and current driver for JR Motorsports, filled in for Stewart Sunday.
With an on-going track investigation, time will tell what the fate will be for Stewart, the No. 14 team, and what track regulation will arise.
At time of publication, no criminal charges are pending, and there is no evidence to support criminal negligence. The DA will continue to investigate.