Tony Stewart comments on fatal crash

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 10:  Regan Smith, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. Regan Smith will replace Tony Stewart as driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen race. Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race August 9, after Ward Jr. had exited his car.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 10: Regan Smith, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. Regan Smith will replace Tony Stewart as driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen race. Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race August 9, after Ward Jr. had exited his car. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart issued a statement early Sunday afternoon concerning the event surrounding the crash Saturday night that claimed the life of another driver.

Stewart was involved in a the incident Saturday night at Canandiagua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. In the aftermath 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. was dead.

Video showed that Ward had been involved with Stewart on the previous lap. The video showed Ward’s car as it came to rest on the back stretch. Ward exited the vehicle, and still wearing his racing helmet walked toward the line of cars circling under caution.  He angrily pointed towards the car driven by Stewart; Stewart’s car struck Ward who was thrown in the air and landed several feet away. Ward was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. MORE>>>

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