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Canandaigua Park set to reopen

8/13/2014 - NASCAR

Racing will resume Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York, the sprint car track where Kevin Ward Jr. was killed in an incident involving NASCAR star Tony Stewart last weekend.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Canandaigua promoter/owner Jeremie Corcoran said he spoke with Ward's father and others before making the decision.

"Up until today I could not even think about another show at Canandaigua Motorsports Park," Corcoran said in a statement. "I spoke to Kevin Ward Sr. this morning and he encouraged me to 'get back to racing at CMP, Kevin would want you to.'

"I consulted with all my staff also today as well as my family. Everyone has said that we need to begin to heal and that means we need to come together this Saturday night and put on a show in memory of Kevin Jr. and support this great sport that we all love. We need to show our support of everyone that was involved and has been affected."

Last Saturday, Ward was involved in a wreck at the park, tried to confront Stewart and was killed when he was hit by Stewart's car.

A scheduled race at Canandaigua on Wednesday night was canceled as a result.

"We will be racing this Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park to show the world how strong we are as a racing family!" Corcoran said in the statement. "How we can grieve together and come together. I ask that everyone wear something orange to display our unity! We will be doing something special at the track on Saturday night."

Ontario County sheriff Philip C. Povero said in a statement Tuesday that the investigation into Ward's death is expected to continue for at least another two weeks, if not longer. Stewart is not currently under criminal investigation.