WJTV News Channel 12 - Tony Stewart Pulls Out of Sunday Race after Fatal NY Crash

Fan Michael Messerly says it appeared Stewart hit a driver who was walking on the track after they collided on a prior lap. He says Stewart did not appear to be injured.

Tony Stewart Pulls Out of Sunday Race after Fatal NY Crash

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A spokeswoman at Thompson Health says one patient is being treated from Saturday night's crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. She would not give further details. A spokeswoman at Thompson Health says one patient is being treated from Saturday night's crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. She would not give further details.
(Update 12:41 p.m.)

Tony Stewart has pulled out of today's NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, hours after killing a dirt track racer during a race in upstate New York. The three-time champion struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race.

 Video can be seen here (**WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT**)
 
Regan Smith will drive Stewart's car instead.
 
Ward had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart's passing car, he was struck.
 
Authorities questioned Stewart but said no criminal charges were imminent. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Stewart was "visibly shaken" and had been cooperative in the investigation. Authorities were asking spectators and others to turn over any video they recorded of the crash.
 
Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon earned the pole for today's race at Watkins Glen, edging out Marcus Ambrose for the top spot.


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