Tony Stewart, two days removed from a fatal sprint-car accident, has been removed–or removed himself–from a scheduled dirt-track sprint-car race in Indiana. The Bob Newton Classic will take place without the three-time NASCAR Sprint Series champion on Saturday night.
“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,” the Indiana race track declared on its website. “Tony Stewart will NOT be racing at Plymouth Speedway this Saturday. More information on the weekend’s racing will be announced this week.”
The announcement comes a year after Stewart broke his leg in a sprint-car race and days after he struck and killed a driver-turned-pedestrian in one. Stewart sat out Sunday’s NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, too.