The NASCAR Watkins Glen Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday is on ESPN live at 1 pm ET for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen and Tony Stewart will not race after he hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr on Saturday night and Jeff Gordon comes in after winning the pole and he is leading in the points standings and the race is live streaming online from WatchESPN past 1:00 pm ET and he will be in ahead of Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson.
Gordon has been racing well all season and he comes in as the pole position winner after having the fastest lap i qualifying at nearly 130 mph and that was on Saturday for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen and he has been continuing his strong run this season. Gordon took his first pole of the season and this was the 75th of his career and he beat out Ambrose and Johnson in the second and final round in knockouts and now he has a good start for the race as the Chase gets closer.
Gordon is in position to stay on top of the standings and he is in the first position ahead of Ambrose and Johnson, while the top five has Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch starting up top. The race will have a bit of a cloud over it after the news of what happened with Tony Stewart, as he hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race on Saturday night and now he will not race on Sunday.
Stewart decided not to race on Sunday after previously thinking that he would and those reports came out early on Sunday and he was replaced in the race lineup. Stewart and Ward got into some contact during the race on Saturday night and Stewart knocked him off the track, prompting Ward to get out of his car. Ward then motioned towards Stewart on the track and moved down while the race was going on, getting hit by Stewart in the process and he later was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
The race at Watkins Glen will now go on Sunday as scheduled.
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