Tony Stewart, NASCAR react after he’s cleared by grand jury in Kevin Ward Jr. death

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Tony Stewart issued a statement shortly after a New York state grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict him in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. in an August 9th sprint car race at an upstate dirt track.

“This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever,” Stewart’s statement began. “I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and continue to receive.

“I respect everything the District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office did to thoroughly investigate this tragic accident. While the process was long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for all the facts of the accident to be identified and known.

“While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”

NASCAR has also issued the following statement through chief communications officer Brett Jewkes:

“There are no winners in tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Kevin Ward Jr. family and Tony Stewart as they all cope with this tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. This has been a difficult time for everyone involved and we have respected the local authorities responsible for reviewing this case.”

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