NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will not be racing at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday. He was involved in a fatal accident Saturday night at a dirt track in New York with 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.
The two drivers crashed, Ward got out of his car on the track, started pointing at and walking toward Stewart’s car. The race was under caution, and Stewart and other drivers were still on the track. Stewart’s car struck Ward, who was pronounced dead a short time later. Stewart did not compete in yesterday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.
Plymouth Speedway officials released a statement saying, “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 Bob Newton Classic will go on as scheduled despite Stewart not appearing.
Stewart is also scheduled for an autograph session and Q&A at the Newton Center in Lakeville on Thursday. There’s no word yet on whether that event will go on as scheduled.