Tony Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart 'feels strongly' about not competing Sunday following the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. The decision was an about-face for the organization, which initially said Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.

'We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,' Zipadelli said. 'All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.


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