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Tony Stewart Pulls Out of Upcoming Race

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:05:00 +0000

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(PLYMOUTH, Indiana) -- Tony Stewart has pulled out of this weekend's Sprint race at Plymouth Speedway after he struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday during a dirt track race.

Stewart did not race at Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International following the fatal accident. 

"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 the statement.

Ward's family, Stewart, and the racing community are in a state of shock following the accident.

"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," Stewart said in a statement on Sunday.

An investigation is under way, but Stewart is not currently under any criminal investigation.

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