Two days after fatally striking another driver during an upstate New York dirt track race, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has pulled out of another dirt track race scheduled for this weekend. Organizers at the Plymouth Speedway in Indiana said, "Tony Stewart will NOT be racing at Plymouth Speedway this Saturday," and added that they "extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of Kevin Ward, Jr. and thoughts and prayers to Tony Stewart and his family."

Ward, 20, was killed by Stewart's car on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward had gotten out of his car and pointed at Stewart. Ward's friend, Tyler Graves, saw the confrontation unfold and told the Sporting News:

"Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing," Graves said. "The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.

"I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards."

Stewart has been cooperating with the authorities and has been interviewed twice. The Times Union reports, "On Sunday, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said that investigators also don't have any evidence at this point in the investigation to support criminal intent. But he also said that criminal charges have not been ruled out."

A former state and federal prosecutor told the Times Union, "I think even with the video, it's going to be tough to prove that this was more than just an accident and that it was even culpable negligence, which he should've known or should've believed that by getting close to this guy, that it was going to cause the accident." Stewart released a statement yesterday afternoon, "There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It's a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I've decided not to participate in today's race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."

Canandaigua Motorsports Park cancelled its "Whacko Wednesday" event, and promoter Jeremie Cochran said in a statement, "First and foremost I offer my sincerest and deepest condolences to the Ward family. Kevin Ward Jr was a spirited competitor and loved by so many. This is a tremendous loss to this family and the racing family as well. I have spoken to the family and they spent prayer time at the track Sunday in the early morning hours. Godspeed #13!" He added, "I had to have our Facebook Page taken down early Sunday morning due to insensitive and hateful comments. I plead with you to be respectful so we can keep this page active for you to keep informed."