WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - A spokesman for Tony Stewart calls the death of a fellow driver he struck and killed at an upstate New York dirt track a ``tragic accident.''



The incident occurred Saturday night at the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, about a two-hour drive from Watkins Glen International race track where today’s NASCAR event is scheduled to be run. 



One of the sprint cars hit the wall during lap 14 of a 25-lap race.  The three-time NASCAR champion hit Kevin Ward Jr. with his back tires as Ward walked across the track.  Investigators say Ward died in the ambulance on his way to the hospital.


 In a statement, a representative for Stewart says, ``our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.''  His team says Stewart plans to race in today’s “Cheez-It 355 at the Glen”.  He is a five-time winner at the track and will start in the 13th position.