MrV
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August 10th, 2014 at 11:13:29 AM permalink
NASCAR's bad boy, Tony Stewart, whose explosive temper is well known, really stepped in it yesterday.

While racing at a small track in NY, he apparently caused another driver, Kevin Ward, to spin out and crash.

Believing that Stewart spun him out on purpose, Ward got out of his car and approached Stewart's oncoming car, shaking his fist and demanding Stewart stop.

In response, Stewart ran him over and killed him.

No doubt Stewart will claim he didn't see him, but I and many others will always have our doubts; Stewart is a rabid dog with a hair-trigger temper who simply has to get the hell out of the game.

Eye witness report: "I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards."

source

R.I.P. Kevin Ward.

FOR SHAME, Tony!
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August 10th, 2014 at 11:20:12 AM permalink
The facts are what they are, but I disagree somewhat with what you've said here, because they don't yet know what happened. Ward ran at the car, and the only known video (below: NSFW) has it from the side, where you can't see how it happened. The rear tires are wider than the front, like duallies. Stewart did NOT turn at the guy, appeared to be trying to get past him before he could reach the car. The police are NOT calling this manslaughter or vehicular homicide; they're proceeding as an accident.



EDIT: I don't know what all those captions are popping up on top of this. It was just raw video when I posted it.
If you go to youtube, and paste the address i1VZ9qF4Y3I in there, it will give you a format where you can kill the captions and see the video.
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August 10th, 2014 at 11:33:08 AM permalink
Condolences are in order for Kevin Ward's family and friends.

He didn't exactly 'run over' Ward, his car hit him with the right rear side. The eyewitness you reference is a friend of Ward's, not exactly an unbiased observer. If Stewart intentionally tried to hit him then then he should get his just punishment, but I think it's little early to be drawing conclusions.
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August 10th, 2014 at 11:33:57 AM permalink
There will always be "reasonable doubt."

NASCAR fans being what they are, they could just nickname Tony "Killer" or "Oh,really?" and move on.

But I doubt it will be that simple.
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August 10th, 2014 at 11:34:22 AM permalink
I was reading comments where people said plenty of drivers get out on the race track in the same manner, like you can't fault the guy who is running around a race track.

Maybe plenty do, but it doesn't make it a good idea or remove much of the responsibility on that end if they end up run over.
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August 10th, 2014 at 11:48:11 AM permalink
Quote: MrV

NASCAR's bad boy, Tony Stewart, whose explosive temper is well known, really stepped in it yesterday.

While racing at a small track in NY, he apparently caused another driver, Kevin Ward, to spin out and crash.

Believing that Stewart spun him out on purpose, Ward got out of his car and approached Stewart's oncoming car, shaking his fist and demanding Stewart stop.

In response, Stewart ran him over and killed him.

No doubt Stewart will claim he didn't see him, but I and many others will always have our doubts; Stewart is a rabid dog with a hair-trigger temper who simply has to get the hell out of the game.

Eye witness report: "I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards."

source

R.I.P. Kevin Ward.

FOR SHAME, Tony!



you should have put this part of the story up too

The driver of the car that spun, exited the race car and walked down the track onto the racing surface," the sheriff's news release states. "Two racecars traveling in tandem approached as the driver continued down the track, gesturing to the two approaching cars.

"The first car swerved to avoid the driver out on the track. The second car, operated by Tony Stewart, struck the driver."


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Anybody that think Tony was trying to scare the kid and it went too far is as stupid as the kid was running down onto the dirt track with cars stlll running at 40-50 mph around it in a black suit ,,,,dirt track,,,,with poor lighting and his black car behind him
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August 10th, 2014 at 11:57:40 AM permalink
What good comes out of getting out of the car.
I will be interested what face has to say about this.
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August 10th, 2014 at 12:20:46 PM permalink
Quote: GWAE

What good comes out of getting out of the car.
I will be interested what face has to say about this.



As rx says, this is increasingly common theater at NASCAR tracks, and has been for over a decade. I've only been to two races in person, and it happened there (Bristol more than 10 years ago) when 3 of them got tangled up. I would guess they have 3-5 of these a year at the top level competition, and who knows how often at lesser tracks. I have to figure Ward was imitating what he saw growing up.

This will change racing, top down, where if a driver gets out of his car and tries to approach someone, he will get fined.
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August 10th, 2014 at 12:35:52 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

I have to figure Ward was imitating what he saw growing up.

This will change racing, top down, where if a driver gets out of his car and tries to approach someone, he will get fined.

Fined, that's not the case already? If not, then its obvious they encourage this type of behavior to make it more exciting . Not only should they be fined but also banned its not only their life they are putting in danger.
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August 10th, 2014 at 1:02:19 PM permalink
I didn't even think something like this would happen. Horrible way to die, but stupid standing on the track in the first place. I have no opinion on whether he was hit intentionally yet because I haven't seen the video.
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