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NASCAR's Stewart won't race after fatal accident on NY track

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart pulled out of a scheduled race in upstate New York Sunday after being involved in a deadly incident that killed a fellow driver.

Stewart was supposed to race in the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International.

A Stewart-Haas team spokesman says he made the decision not to drive.

It comes after Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr, who had exited his car during a Sprint car race Saturday night.

Witnesses say Ward's car crashed into a wall after getting tangled up with Stewart's.

Video shows ward walking onto the dirt-track, in apparent anger, when he was hit.

The race cars had slowed for a yellow flag at the time.

The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Stewart was questioned and released after the incident.

NASCAR released this statement: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fellow competitors of Kevin Ward Jr. We support tony Stewart's decision to miss today's race and we will continue to respect the process and timeline of the local authorities and will continue to monitor this situation moving forward."

NASCAR also tweeted a statement from Stewart, which says: "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... My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."


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