No one’s saying if Tony Stewart will race in Sunday’s NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Raceway, but he has stepped away from the sprint car event the night before. Today Stewart officially dropped out of Saturday’s event at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana, in the aftermath of the accident this past Saturday in which the car he was driving struck and killed fellow racer Kevin Ward during a sprint car race in upstate New York.
So I’ve never understood how a top driver can participate in a race on Saturday night, then come back the next afternoon and drive in a major NASCAR race. I know that sprint car racing is much different than the NASCAR variety, but still … . I guess that’s a topic for another day.
Statement from Plymouth Speedway:
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.
Meanwhile, Canandaigua Motorsports Park, the site of the fatal incident, has canceled its racing program for Wednesday. In a statement, track promoter Jeremie Corcoran urged fans to excercise compassion.
Although no criminal charges against Stewart have been forthcoming, there are still several possible ramifications from the incident, in which Ward exited his vehicle and was struck and killed when Stewart hit him with his car in the middle of the track. These could include a wrongful death lawsuit against Stewart, or even the track; loss of endorsements for Stewart; and future criminal charges.
Funeral arrangements for Kevin Ward Jr. have been set: http://t.co/h7qRHGniOF
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