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Tony Stewart cancels plans to race at Indiana dirt track

In a statement issued Monday, Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway officials confirmed NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has pulled out of a scheduled race at the .375-mile dirt track planned for Saturday night.

Stewart sat out Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International following his involvement in the death of fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr. at an upstate New York dirt track.

A sprint car driven by Stewart Saturday struck and killed Ward, 20, as he was walking on the track expressing his displeasure with Stewart over a prior incident on the track that evening at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Here is the statement released by Plymouth Speedway:

"We at Plymouth Speedway express 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 race will be announced later this week."

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