Reaction to the death of Kevin Ward Jr. was predictable and heartfelt as NASCAR starts to figure out how to deal with this tragic situation.
Ward was struck by a sprint car driven by NASCAR superstar
Stewart originally said he would race Sunday at Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York but had a change of heart overnight and withdrew from the race. NASCAR allowed the
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow competitors of Kevin Ward, Jr.," NASCAR said in a statement. "We support Tony Stewart's decision to miss today's race and we will continue to respect the process and timeline of the local authorities and will continue to monitor the situation going forward."
Brett Jewkes, NASCAR director of communications, issued a similar thought over Twitter.
"Thoughts & prayers for all impacted by accident in NY last night, especially family of Kevin Ward, Jr. Heartbreaking for everyone," Jewkes wrote.
A couple of the sports' biggest names also weighed in via Twitter.
“We will all loose someone in our time,”
Sunday's Sprint Cup was scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific time.