Canandaigua Motorsports Park cancels Wednesday racing

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

In light of the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr., Canandaigua Motorsports Park has cancelled its races on Wednesday.

“I have made the decision to cancel our upcoming "Whacko Wednesday" event on Wednesday, Aug.13 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park to give my family, staff, fans, and racing teams time to grieve and process all that has occurred,” track promoter Jermie Corcoran said through a statement on the Canandaigua Motorsports Facebook page. “I will let everyone know about next weekend as soon as I can.”

A race is scheduled for Saturday night.

Ward was killed after being struck by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s car during Saturday’s race. The two cars made contact during the race and Ward’s car went into a wall. Ward exited his car and walked toward Stewart’s moving car, which struck him.

Track medical staff treated Ward and he was transported to F.F. Thompson Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m.

“First and foremost I offer my sincerest and deepest condolences to the Ward family,” Corcoran stated. “Kevin Ward Jr. was a spirited competitor and loved by so many. This is a tremendous loss to this family and the racing family as well. I have spoken to the family and they spent prayer time at the track Sunday in the early morning hours. Godspeed No. 13!”

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the crash, but no charges have been filed.