Tony Stewart Pulls Out of Race After Fatal Crash

Rep had earlier said it was 'business as usual'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2014 9:46 AM CDT
The scene at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, where driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed after jumping onto the track to confront Tony Stewart.   (AP Photo/Logan Messerly)
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(Newser) – Tony Stewart will withdraw from today's NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, reports the AP, in the wake of last night's fatal accident that killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. in Western New York. It's a reversal for Stewart, whose rep had earlier this morning confirmed he would race, calling it "business as usual." The director of Stewart's Stewart-Haas Racing team now says the driver "feels strongly" against competing in wake of the tragedy. Regan Smith will take Stewart's place. (Read more Tony Stewart stories.)

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