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NY speedway reacts to death of driver Kevin Ward

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Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hit and killed driver Kevin Ward, Jr at a dirt-track race in New York. (Source: WWNY/CNN) Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hit and killed driver Kevin Ward, Jr at a dirt-track race in New York. (Source: WWNY/CNN)

NEW BREMEN, NY (WWNY/CNN) – Those who knew 20-year-old Sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr says his death is a huge loss to the racing community.

Ward died after he was hit by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart on Saturday night during a dirt-track race in Upstate New York.

Ward’s family is a major sponsor of the Adirondack International Speedway, which canceled racing on Sunday in response to his death.

A track announcer for the speedway spoke earlier about the loss.

"He was a young man, in his 20’s. His life was ahead of him. He was an outstanding driver, but more important, he was an outstanding person. When we decided to come back with Adirondack this year, Kevin and the whole family were over here to try and help us get things going," track announcer John Burr said.

Witnesses say Ward’s care crashed into a wall after getting tangled up with Stewart’s.

Video shows Ward walking onto the dirt-track in apparent anger when he was hit.

Stewart was questioned and released after the incident. NASCAR tweeted a statement from Steward, which says:

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…My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.

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