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Tony Stewart Not Charged; Kevin Ward, Jr. Had Enough Marijuana in His System to Impair Judgment

Tony Stewart will not be indicted by an Ontario County (NY) grand jury in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. Stewart’s vehicle struck Ward after Ward exited his own vehicle on the track and walked toward the middle of the race track at Canandaigua Motor Speedway on August 9, 2014.

The full statement from the Ontario County District Attorney can be seen here.

In addition, the D.A. said that Kevin Ward, Jr. was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, according to Jim Utter. It was enough to, in the words of the D.A., “impair judgment.”

The grand jury ultimately absolved Stewart, although the specifics of the case are likely to be debated by racing observers for many years to come.

With potential criminal charges no longer hanging over the three-time Sprint Cup champion’s head, he will now focus on finishing the 2014 season.

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Tony Stewart Set to Race for First Time Since Incident with Kevin Ward Jr.

Veteran NASCAR star Tony Stewart will return to competition for his first race since he was involved in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.

NASCAR on NBC had an official statement statement from Stewart-Haas Racing:

Meanwhile, the 43-year-old NASCAR superstar will move forward with his career and attempt to salvage his season.

Stewart, who has 48 career Cup wins in 542 starts, is one of the biggest stars in the garage. His peers have been protective of him as questions emerged in the aftermath of the crash, and it pained them that Stewart was grieving in private and had cut off communication with so many of them. He will talk to the media for the first time since the fatal crash on Friday.

Stewart will be behind the wheel for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

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Tony Stewart Decides Not to Race Today at Watkins Glen, Releases Statement

After initially planning on racing in today’s Nascar competition at Watkins Glen, Tony Stewart has decided not to race today. Stewart ran over and killed driver Kevin Ward, Jr. in a sprint car race in upstate New York on Saturday night. Though Stewart-Haas Racing competition director Greg Zipadelli had said earlier that today would be “business as usual,” and Nascar said they would allow him to race, Zipadelli just hosted a press conference announcing that Stewart will sit today out.

Regan Smith will race in Stewart’s place.

[UPDATE: Tony Stewart releases statement.]

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