After fatal racing incident in New York, Tony Stewart still plans to race at the Glen

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

A 20-year-old driver was killed Saturday night when he was struck by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart during a sprint car race at Canandiagua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. The driver, identified as Kevin Ward Jr., had been involved with Stewart on the previous lap. 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 FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.

A spokesperson with the Ontario County sheriff’s department confirmed the incident and emailed the following statement MORE>>>

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