Tony Stewart involved in fatal crash at N.Y. racetrack

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. -  Tony Stewart will not race Sunday following the death of a sprint car driver who was struck and killed by Stewart at an upstate New York dirt track.

Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said the three-time NASCAR champion "feels strongly" he should not race at Watkins Glen following Kevin Ward Jr.'s fatal accident.

Regan Smith will replace Stewart in the car.

Authorities say  Stewart struck and killed a driver who was walking on a dirt track during a race in upstate New York Saturday night. A video of the crash shows 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 at a hospital in Canandaigua.

Authorities say Stewart has been "fully cooperative."

The Ontario County sheriff's department says its investigation into the incident is not criminal. A video of the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park shows driver Kevin Ward Jr. walking toward Stewart's car before being hit and hurtled 50 feet.
 

A spokesman for Tony Stewart calls the death of a fellow driver he struck and killed at an upstate New York dirt track last night a "tragic accident." The three-time NASCAR champion hit Kevin Ward Jr. as Ward walked toward Stewart's car following an on-track incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. In a statement, a representative for Stewart says, "our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

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