Update at 9:30 am:
Stewart Haas Racing Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadelli said that Tony Stewart has decided not to run in Sunday's NASCAR race at Watkins Glen. Zipadelli said that Stewart felt strongly that not racing was "the right thing to do."
Regan Smith will pilot the number 14 car during Sunday's race.
Original story from 8:30 am:
NASCAR says it will not step prevent driver Tony Stewart from racing Sunday at Watkins Glen. The three time NASCAR champion was involved in an accident on Saturday night during a Sprint Car race that resulted in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr.
“There is nothing that would preclude him from participating in our event today,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told reporters at the track. “We have been monitoring it since late last night. We’re trying to get as much information and background as possible and we will take it from there.”
Stewart Haas Racing Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadelli also confirmed Stewart plans to race Sunday.
Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero confirmed early Sunday morning that Stewart was involved in the accident that killed Ward. After a spin, Ward got out of the car under caution and walked toward Stewart’s car to confront him, that’s when Ward was hit. Sheriff Povero said right now the accident it is being investigated as an on track incident and that no criminal charges have been field.
The green flag on the race at Watkins Glen is expected to drop shortly after noon central.