Tony Stewart drops out of planned Indiana sprint car race

Tony Stewart has decided not to race in the Bob Newton Classic winged sprint car race Saturday at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Ind.

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After Saturday night’s tragic events at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has opted not to participate in an upcoming sprint car race at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana.

Stewart originally planned to compete in the Bob Newton Classing winged sprint car race at the Plymouth, Ind. 0.375-mile track on Aug. 16.

On Monday morning, the speedway issued a release stating Stewart had decided not to race.

"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. More information on the weekend’s racing will be announced this week."

Stewart sat out Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International after being involved in an on-track incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that killed 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr.