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)

(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.

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Bo Honk
Aug 10, 2014 10:12 PM CDT
Lesson: Don't bring a pointing finger to a race car fight.
Mark Dreher
Aug 10, 2014 8:18 PM CDT
Tony, my God, shave, for christ's sake. You look like such a bum. If you can't shave? Stay in bed.
future2083
Aug 10, 2014 5:55 PM CDT
Ward shouldn't have been playing frogger on a dirt race track, at night wearing nearly all black, and with race cars practically driving sideways. He was the one who was in most control of his own life and decided that pointing the finger was a necessary thing to do to high speed oncoming traffic. Whether or not Stewart purposely got close to scare Ward or didn't see him at all we'll never know...