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NASCAR veteran pulls out of race after hitting, killing fellow driver

Published on Aug 11, 2014 1:44 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - NASCAR driver Tony Stewart withdrew from an event on Sunday after striking and killing a sprint car driver who had left his damaged vehicle mid-race to confront the motorsport veteran on Saturday night.

Stewart, who is one of the most popular drivers in American stock car racing, has pulled out of Sunday's National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) race at Watkins Glen International, Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Sunday morning.

"This is an unbelievable tragedy, and our hearts go out to Kevin and his family," said Greg Zipadelli vice-president of Stewart-Haas Racing.

"This is a very tough and emotional time for everybody - his family and our family at Stewart-Haas and Tony Stewart. We feel that as a group Tony will not drive today."

A vehicle sits parked at the side entrance of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 10, 2014 in Canandaigua, New York. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr during a dirt track race at Canandaigua on August 9, after Ward Jr had exited his car. -- PHOTO: AFP 
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