Tony Stewart to sit out upcoming Michigan race
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[August 15, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - NASCAR star
Tony Stewart will sit out of an upcoming Michigan event, his team said
on Thursday, just five days after he fatally struck a competing racer at
a low-stakes New York dirt track race.
Stewart's team, Stewart-Haas Racing, said in a statement he will
not participate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the
Michigan International Speedway this weekend, adding the team has
not decided on future races.
On Saturday, the mercurial racer and one of the highest-paid drivers
in NASCAR, was competing at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in
upstate New York when he clipped the car of 20-year-old driver Kevin
Ward Jr., according to video of the event published online.
Ward then stepped out of his car and onto the track and seemed to
gesture at Stewart before being struck and killed by Stewart's
vehicle, according to the videos.
"There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel about the
accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.," Stewart said in a
statement after the incident.
Stewart, 43, decided to sit out last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series at Watkins Glen, New York, but only after facing a storm of
criticism on social media.
Ward's father on Tuesday lashed out at the three-time NASCAR
champion Stewart in a newspaper interview over the death.
"Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who
didn't see him," Kevin Ward Sr. Told the Syracuse Post-Standard.
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County officials have said that the investigation into whether Stewart
should face criminal charges will last at least for two weeks.
In Stewart's place at the weekend Sprint Cup will be veteran driver Jeff
Burton, the team said in the statement.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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