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Stewart: Ward death to affect me forever

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HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago.

Stewart read from a statement that, his team said, he wrote himself. He spoke just under 2 1/2 minutes, pausing several times to compose himself. He took no questions about the incident that it still being investigated by law enforcement officials.

"This has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally," Stewart said in a packed media room on the infield at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "This is a sadness and a pain I hope no one has to experience in their life. That being said, I know that the pain and mourning that Kevin Ward's family and friends are experiencing is something that I can't possibly imagine."

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2 D.Earnhardt Jr. 818 3
3 B.Keselowski 776 3
4 J.Logano 761 3
5 M.Kenseth 751 0
6 J.Johnson 726 3
7 K.Harvick 721 2
8 C.Edwards 716 2
9 R.Newman 710 0
10 C.Bowyer 699 0
11 G.Biffle 694 0
12 K.Larson 668 0
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