Tony Stewart withdraws from dirt track race planned for this weekend

In the wake of the events of Saturday night, in which driver Kevin Ward Jr. died as a result of contact with Tony Stewart's sprint car at an upstate New York dirt track, Stewart has bowed out of another dirt track race.

In advance of this weekend's Sprint Cup race in Michigan, Stewart had planned to race at the Plymouth Speedway in Indiana. However, on Monday morning the track released the following announcement: "We at Plymouth Speedway extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of Kevin Ward, Jr. and thoughts and prayers to Tony Stewart and his family. Tony Stewart will NOT be racing at Plymouth Speedway this Saturday."

Stewart had been on track to race at dozens of dirt tracks across the country. His presence has always bolstered attendance and improved the bottom lines of tiny, rural tracks.

Stewart is not presently under any criminal investigation stemming from the accident involving Ward. He withdrew from Sunday's Watkins Glen race, and has not yet announced plans for Michigan.

[H/t Lucky Dog]

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