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Stewart Has On Track Altercation At Local Track

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In a very unfortunate situation it appears that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner and driver Tony Stewart has been involved in a serious incident Saturday night at a local NY dirt track.

Stewart made an appearance at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park running a sprint car. An incident occurred between himself and fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr. Witnesses say afterwards Ward went to confront Stewart,  and Stewart’s car struck Ward.

Canandaigua officials canceled the rest of the events that evening and emergency personal were brought in. Also brought in were the local police authorities who are conducting an investigation into what took place.

Nothing official has been announced, outside of the cancelation,  with a lot of second and third hand accounts being reported on Twitter.

UPDATE 9:04 AM: Kevin Ward, Jr. has succumbed to injuries sustained after Stewart’s car inadvertently clipped him and sent him tumbling across the track. For awhile there was video footage of the incident, which showed Stewart and Ward racing hard through a corner. Contact was made and Ward hit the outside wall. His car came to a stop, Ward exited the car, and showed his displeasure with Stewart. One car swerved to avoid Ward, then Stewart’s car clipped Ward. Ward, according to local police, was dead on arrival to the local hospital. So far Stewart has been cooperating with authorities, who are not looking at this as a criminal investigation. As of now, Stewart plans to drive in today’s Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 At The Glen later today at Watkins Glen International.

UPDATE 2:30 PM: Tony Stewart released a statement on what happened last night: “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, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”