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Tony Stewart

'Emotional' Night

Before Decision to Pull Out of Race

8/10/2014 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:50 AM PT -- Tony Stewart just released a statement, saying … "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."

He added, "My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."
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Tony Stewart
is just trying to "get through today" … according to the exec from his racing team who announced Stewart was bowing out of today's NASCAR Sprint Cup Race.

Greg Zipadelli, a V.P. at Stewart-Haas Racing, was visibly emotional as he held the news conference in Watkins Glens, NY … describing Stewart's state of mind hours after he hit and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a race at a nearby track. 

Zipadelli talked about Stewart's decision not to race today -- the team initially said he would -- calling it, "the right thing to do."

Reporters were instructed not to ask about the investigation into Ward's death.

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125 COMMENTS

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1.

K South West    

White on white crime epidemic

52 days ago
2.

Vitamind_88    

He still needs to do some time even if it's only 2 years

52 days ago
3.

Supr Dav     

Never liked Tony, still don't, but fault is 50/50.

52 days ago
4.

iBetty    

This is a sad situation..

52 days ago
5.

Mumra the Ever Living    

So Tony Stewart's extreme temper and lack of respect for the other drivers on the track has finally managed to kill a man. This was actually only a matter of time.

52 days ago
6.

bigts    

Tony Stewarts new racing sponsor is the New York State department of corrections

52 days ago
7.

paulplayset    

NASCAR needs to grow a pair and suspended him until this is all pans out. Cops are still investigating, but calling in an on track accident.

52 days ago
8.

BlazeStar667    

I have no idea who any of these people are.

52 days ago
9.

static    

That kid runs out into the path of speeding race cars and gets hit no surprise there, It should be ruled death by stupidity.

52 days ago
10.

paulplayset    

Breaking news. Stewart gets rear ended in prison and causes skid marks!

52 days ago
11.

TMZgossip    

Tony the killer Stewart is a d00000shebag

In the video you can see Stewart turn his car towards the kid, and then hear him rev the engine.

He meant to give the kid a dirt shower -- but it ended up a dirt nap

52 days ago
12.

FreaKKa    

Who cares!!!

52 days ago
13.

Vampira    

Every blames Ward for getting out of the car, but Stewart deliberately gunned it when he should have slowed down, and hit him when everyone else managed to miss him. What a coincidence. RIP to Ward. Stewart needs an ego check.

52 days ago
14.

realjoshua    

That's a way to eliminate some competition

52 days ago
15.

Blbrown06    

He's going to prison...

52 days ago
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