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NASCAR auto racing driver Tony Stewart reads a statement during a news conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Tony Stewart: Ward’s death will affect me forever

Associated Press

Speaking quietly and his voice trembling, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York three weeks ago.

The casket of race car driver Kevin Ward Jr., is carried through mourners outside South Lewis Central School after a funeral on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Turin, N.Y. Ward died after being struck by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's car during a race last weekend at a dirt track in western New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NASCAR adds rule on exiting cars after crashes

- Associated Press

NASCAR added a rule Friday ordering drivers to not approach the track or moving cars after accidents. The announcement comes less than a week after a driver was struck and killed during a dirt-track race in New York.

In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photograph, Tony Stewart stands in the garage area after a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen N.Y.  Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York on Saturday night. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Tony Stewart pulls out of NASCAR Sprint Cup Michigan race

Associated Press

Jeff Burton will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in Michigan. Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, New York.

FILE - In this July 5, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart walks down the runway during driver introductions before a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Racing sprint cars is Stewart's passion. But now his hobby, racing on tiny little tracks in nondescript towns outside of a busy NASCAR schedule, is again being called into question. The three-time NASCAR champion struck and killed a 20-year-old racer who had climbed from his car Saturday, Aug. 9, to confront Stewart on a New York dirt track following a crash caused by contact between the two cars. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Tony Stewart still could face charges in fatal accident, experts say

- Associated Press

The NASCAR star could be charged with second-degree manslaughter under New York law if prosecutors believe he “recklessly caused the death of another person,” with negligent homicide another possibility, according to criminal law professor Corey Rayburn Yung of the Kansas University School of Law.

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A fan takes cover under an umbrella in the grandstands while rain causes a delay during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

NASCAR right to put Daytona race out of its misery

- Associated Press

It would have been comedic if it wasn't such a disastrous day for one of the biggest events on the NASCAR schedule. So pulling the plug seemed like such a logical decision when the track was soaked through shortly before 3 p.m.

Kasey Kahne, front left, Paul Menard (27) and Reed Sorenson (36) are among the cars that crashed coming out of the backstretch going in to turn 3 during the NASCAR Sprint cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ron Sanders)

Aric Almirola declared winner at stormy Daytona

- Associated Press

The Coke Zero 400 was originally scheduled to go off Saturday night, but steady rain forced it to be postponed a day. When it did finally get started Sunday, it was interrupted several more times.

Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Brad Keselowski wins at Kentucky for 2nd time

- Associated Press

The Penske Racing driver and 2012 race winner followed his record-breaking pole effort to lead 199 of 267 laps en route to his second victory of the season and 12th of his career.

Brad Keselowski (2) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) race across the line on a late race restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won and Keselowski was second. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. overtakes Brad Keselowski for Pocono win

- Associated Press

Earnhardt led only 11 laps but his No. 88 Chevrolet was the car to beat down the stretch, and he zipped past the dominant Keselowski, who had debris on his grille and a hot engine, with five laps remaining in the 400-mile race. Keselowski was second for the second straight race.

Denny Hamlin (11) heads to the finish line during the NASCAR Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. Hamlin won the race. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Denny Hamlin holds off Kevin Harvick for 1st Talladega win

- Associated Press

Harvick was the leader on a restart with two laps to go and Hamlin drag-raced him for the lead. Then Harvick was hung out without any drafting partners and Hamlin pulled out to a comfortable lead.

File-This Sept. 7, 2013 file photo shows Clint Bowyer getting sideways during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. Everything could have been handled better. Bowyer's spin in Richmond led to the biggest credibility crisis in NASCAR history. The spin was designed to help a teammate win a spot NASCAR's playoffs. With a little honesty, a few deep breaths and clear thinking, it might have ended there. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Clint Bowyer ready to take another spin at Richmond

- Associated Press

NASCAR's last visit here in September 2013 threatened Bowyer's popularity with the fans when he spun intentionally with seven laps to go, causing a jumble in the race standings — and in NASCAR's playoffs.

Brad Keselowski (2) bumps Kurt Busch (41) as they enter Turn 1 during a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville, Speedway, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Martinsville, Va. The two drivers were involved in a pit road accident earlier in the race. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Kurt Busch outduels Jimmie Johnson for Martinsville win

- Associated Press

Johnson, with eight wins in 25 career starts on the 0.526-mile oval, led 11 times for 296 laps. He seemed on his way to another when he took the lead from Busch with 17 laps remaining. But Busch stayed close, ducked underneath Johnson seven laps later and Johnson never made a good run at the lead again.

Kyle Busch, center, celebrates, as the team drenches his wife, Samantha Busch, left, in victory circle after winning the NASCAR Sprint Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Kyle Busch holds on for win in wild finish at Fontana

- Associated Press

Kyle Busch capably blocked Larson and outlasted Stewart and Kurt Busch to win a wacky race featuring a track-record 35 lead changes and numerous tire problems. With his 29th career Sprint Cup victory in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch is NASCAR's fifth winner in five races already this season.