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  • 11 August 2014, 6:20

US Racing Driver Killed In Track Rage Row Video

A driver has died after being struck by a Nascar star's car during a row on a race track in New York.

Video shows Kevin Ward Jr's car hitting a wall after colliding with three-time Nascar champion Tony Stewart's vehicle at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old, wearing a black firesuiton the dimly-lit track, got out to confront Stewart during the sprint-car race.

Ward Jr was hit by Stewart's car, sending him 50ft through the air.

Paramedics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospitallater that night.

Police said they are not investigating the incident as a criminal matter.

Stewart, 42, was "'fully co-operative" while being questioned and later released, they said.

A New York County sheriff's office said there was no evidence to support criminal intent in Mr Ward Jr'sdeath.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Poverosaid: "At this very moment, there are no facts in hand that would substantiate or support a criminal charge, or indicate criminal intent on the part of any individual."

Officials immediately stopped the race and posted a message on social media encouraging fans to "pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families."

"People that witnessed it were horrified," said Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero.

"They were extremely shocked."

Stewart initially released a statement saying he would still race on Sunday followingWard Jr'sdeath.

But he has now changed his mind, saying he "feels strongly" he should not take part.

Stewart said "there aren't words" to describe his sadness over the fatal incident.

He said "my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy".

The driver added: "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."

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