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NASCAR AMERICA: Stewart will decide if he races or not this weekend (VIDEO)

Aug 12, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

Tony Stewart‘s status for this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway remains up in the air after his involvement in a fatal sprint car incident last weekend at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.

Stewart Haas Racing’s Mike Arning said yesterday that the final decision to race or not would be left up to the three-time Cup champion.

Stewart did not compete in last Sunday’s Cup race at Watkins Glen International; Nationwide Series regular Regan Smith drove his No. 14 car instead.

NBCSN’s Marty Snider talked with SHR team members and Smith this afternoon, and on today’s NASCAR AMERICA, he gave an update on their situation.

You can watch his report in the clip above.

  1. ncarolinarn7 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Sounds like a civil case here for the surviving family should they wish to pursue it. “Wrongful death” for one vehicular manslaughter another I think of.

  2. jxegh - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Does anyone know if Stewart has reached out to the Ward family? To offer condolences, say he’s sorry, it was an accident?

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Knowing Tony, if he hasn’t already, he will for sure.

  3. techmeister1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Stewart officially posted a statement to all expressing his sadness and the lack of words to express the pain and sorrow. I wouldn’t expect anyone to announce if he contacted the family directly or not. That would not be appropriate in this situation.

    While anyone can sue anyone in the U.S. that doesn’t mean that you can collect. As a noted former D.A. who reviewed the video already stated, it’s likely to be impossible to support any culpability to Stewart in this situation. He could be the innocent victim in this situation who is being persecuted by the illiterate and quick to judge who don’t even know the facts.

    Unfortunately no matter what happens Stewart has to live with the outcome the rest of his life. That’s a very heavy burden if he had no part in the death of Kevin Ward other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another car in front of Stewart just miss running Kevin over. Kevin’s close friend who was a few cars behind Steward stated he believes Stewart did nothing wrong and was trying to avoid Kevin. It’s very possible Kevin actually slipped on the wet track and was essentially sucked under the tire.

  4. charger383 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Time to get back in the big time racecar

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