On Sunday afternoon, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart said “there aren’t words to describe the sadness” he feels after his car hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a dirt-track race on Saturday evening. Stewart’s car struck Ward after Ward tried to confront Stewart on the track during a caution.
He sent his prayers to Ward’s family and friends and “everyone affected by this tragedy.”
“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.”
Stewart decided not to race in Sunday’s NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, and Regan Smith took his place in the Stewart-Haas Racing #14 car.
NASCAR also released a statement supporting Stewart’s decision and sent prayers, like Stewart did, to Ward’s family:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fellow competitors of Kevin Ward Jr. We support Tony Stewart’s decision to miss today’s race and we will continue to respect the process and timeline of the local authorities and will continue to monitor this situation moving forward.”