Tony Stewart announced today that he’s pulling out of a dirt track race at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana this weekend in the wake of Kevin Ward Jr.’s death. Stewart struck and killed Ward during a race on Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
"We at Plymouth Speedway extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of Kevin Ward Jr. and thoughts and prayers to Tony Stewart and his family. Tony Stewart will not be racing at Plymouth Speedway this Saturday. More information on the weekend's racing will be announced this week," the track said in a statement, as quoted by ESPN.
Ward was run over by Stewart after hopping out of his car during a dirt track race on Saturday. Ward seemingly wanted to confront Stewart after Stewart hit Ward’s car and caused him to lose control. As Ward walked out into the stream of approaching cars, Stewart struck and killed him.
Stewart was interviewed twice by law enforcement officials yesterday. At this time, police have not leveled any criminal charges against him.
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Stewart has not yet announced if he’ll race in a scheduled NASCAR race in Michigan this weekend. NASCAR spokesman Mike Arning said on Monday that he isn’t sure when Stewart will be back on the track.
"It is still an emotional time for all involved, Tony included,” Arning said. “He is grieving, and grief doesn't have a timetable.”
Stewart also released a brief statement on Ward’s death yesterday. Here it is:
"There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. 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.”