Lubbock Motor Speedway to honor driver lost in weekend accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock Motor Speedway to honor driver lost in weekend accident

Kevin Ward was 20 years old Kevin Ward was 20 years old
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A tragic weekend accident has the racing world mourning the death of a 20-year-old driver.

Kevin Ward Jr. was killed Saturday night in upstate New York when he was hit by fellow driver, NASCAR star Tony Stewart.

The incident has many asking how this could happen?

Lubbock Motor Speedway owner Barry Lawrence says accidents like this are rare, but when they do happen, the entire racing community is affected.

"It's very sad," Lawrence said. "The racing community is like a family."

Lawrence says it is imperative for drivers to stay inside their vehicles if they wreck or their car breaks down.

"The safest place for them to be in is in their car. Safety is our number one concern and your only protection on the racetrack or anywhere near the racetrack is in your vehicle. Never, never, never get out of your car." Lawrence says.

Tony Stewart pulled himself from the Watkins Glen International race Sunday. He will also forego a race he had scheduled for this weekend in Indiana.

Stewart was involved in a separate accident in July of 2013 that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver at that same racetrack.

Ward spent more than 15 years of his young life on the track. He started racing go-karts at just 4 years old.

His tiny hometown of Lyons Falls, New York was home to less than 600 people.

Lubbock Motor Speedway plans to have a moment of silence to remember Ward this Friday before their races that start at 8 p.m.

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