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The Ontario County Sheriff's office has finished its investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who died from his injuries after he was struck by a race car driven by Tony Stewart during a race in August.

Investigation into dirt track death over

The Ontario County Sheriff's office has finished its investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who died from his injuries after he was struck by a race car driven by Tony Stewart during a race in August. 

They have given the evidence they compiled to the district attorney, who will announce late next week what the next steps in the case will be.

NASCAR legend Richard Petty surprises Navy officer Peter Theodoracopoulos

Navy man and NASCAR fan sails into Richard Petty ambush

Peter Theodoracopoulos is a Navy officer who loves NASCAR but has never been to a race.

So Morning Express Bleacher Report anchor Brain McFayden enlisted the help of ‘The King,’ the one and only Richard Petty, and Operation Inspiration to give him and his family the surprise of a lifetime.

Bob Van Dillen drives a NASCAR race car with the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Atlanta

Bob's Summer Thrills: Feed your need for speed

Ever dreamed of putting the pedal to the metal and driving as fast as possible? The folks at the 'Richard Petty Driving Experience' can make that happen!

For this installment of 'Bob's Summer Thrills,' HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen stepped away from his weather maps and climbed into a NASCAR race car. 

NASCAR star Danica Patrick takes HLN's Carlos Diaz for a spin in the Chevrolet Camaro SS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer pace car

Danica Patrick pushing pink to the limit

HLN’s Carlos Diaz goes for a high-speed spin with NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick. Go along for the ride as they both strap in for a lap around the track in the bright pink, Chevy Camaro, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, pace car.

Plus, find out what it's like for Danica to date fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Can two NASCAR drivers slow down long enough to have a "normal" date night?

 Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands on the grid during driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway

Danica Patrick: Fueled by the 'power of she'

Danica Patrick’s entrance into NASCAR’s premiere series has caused a lot of commotion and talk of record and barrier breaking. But if it were up to Patrick, she’d just race.

Meet more women making a difference using the "power of she."

 Jason Leffler, driver of the #18 Dollar General Toyota, walks on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler killed in crash

Race car driver Jason Leffler was killed Wednesday night in a crash during a 25-lap, dirt track race at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway.

Leffer was a well liked fixture on the NASCAR circuit, and even though this was a non-NASCAR event the league did issue a statement:

Fox Sports camera cable breaks and injures 10 fans at Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race

Fans hurt at NASCAR race after TV cable snaps

Ten fans were injured and several Sprint Cup cars were damaged Sunday after a large cable fell onto the track during the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The cord, part of the overhead sky camera, came down on the track during lap 121 of the race. 

 Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Keselowski wants to turn violations into victory

Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski joined HLN in Studio H Thursday morning, and Robin Meade challenged him to a little race -– video game race, that is. It ended up just as you might expect:

1st place: Brad Keselowski

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Fiery crash didn't stop Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 took place Sunday as scheduled, despite a fiery crash in Saturday's Nationwide Event. 

At least 28 people were injured, including 2 fans in critical condition who were later stabilized. A large number of those fans were released in time to see Jimmie Johnson win the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

The #15 Toyota Camry Gen-6 NASCAR vehicle driven by Clint Bowyer

NASCAR's faster, safer, sexier Gen-6 cars

NASCAR is making some changes. You're going to see some new cars on the track when the checkered flag falls on the 2013 racing season at Daytona International Speedway Saturday.

HLN's Robin Meade talked with Sprint Cup star Clint Boyer about what makes the Gen-6 NASCAR vehicles unique -- and why he's looking forward to getting them out on the asphalt.

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