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    NASCAR driver Tony Stewart Kills Kevin Ward Jr. In Sprint Car Incident

    NASCAR's Stewart hits, kills driver on NY track
    August 10, 2014

    CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York on Saturday night.

    Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened.

    A video of the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park showed driver Kevin Ward Jr., wearing a black helmet and firesuit on a dimly lit track, walking toward Stewart's car before being hit and hurtled 50 feet. Povero said the driver was pronounced dead Saturday night at a Canandaigua hospital. Stewart was unhurt.

    A witness said it appeared Ward was trying to confront Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart's familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.

    "The next thing I could see, I didn't see (the other driver) anymore," witness Michael Messerly said. "It just seemed like he was suddenly gone."

    Povero said the 43-year-old Stewart, a frequent competitor at local sprint car events, was questioned and released. The sheriff asked for people who recorded video of the crash to provide copies for investigators to review.

    A spokesman for Stewart's racing team called Ward's death a "tragic accident."

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends," the spokesman said in a statement. "We're still attempting to sort through all the details."

    Stewart was scheduled to race in in NASCAR's event Sunday at Watkins Glen. The statement did not address whether Stewart would remain in the race, which is critical for his championship chances.

    The dirt track, about 30 miles southeast of Rochester, canceled the remainder of the race and later posted a message on its Facebook page encouraging fans to "pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families."

    It said a statement on the crash would come later Sunday.

    Ward's website said he began racing go-karts in 1998 at age 4, but didn't start driving sprint cars until 2010. The 20-year-old from Port Leyden, New York, was Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year in 2012 and this year was his fifth season racing the Empire Super Sprints.

    Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident at Canandaigua that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back.

    Messerly, the spectator, said Saturday's crash appeared to be the result of "a number of bad decisions" and not "any intent on Tony Stewart's part."

    Full article: NASCAR's Stewart hits, kills driver on NY track

    Youtube video of incident. Please beware as this video shows the graphic incident.

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    Kevin Ward Jr. was understandably upset at being knocked out of the race, in what looked to me like an unintended bump from Tony Stewart.

    Tragically, Ward made the unwise decision to confront Stewart while the race was still in progress and paid the price with his life.

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    The title is a little unfair. It implies the driver was somehow at fault when clearly he wasn't. Got himself killed would be a little more apt IMO. It seems a rush of blood to the head and uncontrolled emotion have lead to a very tragic accident. RIP.

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    Have to agree with that - it sounded like Tony Stewart committed an intentional act when I first saw the headline.

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    Absolute insane move to jump out of his car and walk out into the on coming cars.

    I mean rule # 1 was broken.

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    Talk about a brain fart. What an idiot.

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    Such a crap event to lose your life at anyway , this aint like a dangerous high speed sport , more like kids that never grew up going round in circles in ridiculous looking cars .

    Totally uninspiring boring cak , by the look of it , soap boxes on 4 wheels , and if that guy is / was anything to go by driven by drongos
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    Though I feel bad about a 20 year old losing his life, he obviously was not thinking clearly when he started walking on a race track while cars were roaring by. I think the tape will show that Tony Stewart was not the one at fault.

    Very sad indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Talk about a brain fart. What an idiot.
    he was

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    In the video tape it looks like Stewart swerved to hit him.

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    Now he is in first place in the Darwin awards, he would be happy about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    In the video tape it looks like Stewart swerved to hit him.
    Another article that I found after initially posting this thread had an interesting take on the fatal incident from another driver:

    A witness to Saturday night’s crash, the sprint car driver Tyler Graves, told Sporting News that Stewart’s action led to the fatality.

    “I know Tony could see him,” Graves said. “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.”

    Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/sp...rack.html?_r=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    more like kids that never grew up going round in circles in ridiculous looking cars .

    Totally uninspiring boring cak , by the look of it , soap boxes on 4 wheels , and if that guy is / was anything to go by driven by drongos
    Sorry Nige. Sprint cars are awesome. Some of the best racing you'll see. More HP than F1. Just not covered much on international TV.



    Then again you probably don't like motorcycle speedway either?

    You don't get this in F1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk
    Youtube video of incident. Please beware as this video shows the graphic incident.
    Taken down for deceptive content, much like the title of the OP...... the guy killed himself

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    I watched the video several times before it was pulled down to try and see what happened. It did appear that Tony Stewart swerved before hitting the driver, but IMO he was trying to avoid the person. I will let the experts determine the details.

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    I think Stewart might have tried to put a scare into the kid, but he didn't mean to hit him. The track had been under the yellow flag for a lap, and he certainly knew he should be slowing down, but he goosed the gas a bit to go sideways (at least that's how it appeared) as a bit of a 'screw you' to a driver that was trying to give him shit by staying on a hot track instead of doing the smart thing and getting off of it ASAP. It was mostly the kid's fault for running out into the action, but Stewart isn't without culpability.

    Had Stewart slowed down, his car would have gone left due to the way the wheels are staggered on sprint cars (which are basically steered with the throttle)- the only way he could have run that wide was if he was on the gas, and he's experienced enough to know that was not the wise course of action (and, in fact, was the complete opposite of what a driver is supposed to do under a yellow flag).

    Wheel stagger on a sprint car:

    There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Kevin Ward Jr. was understandably upset at being knocked out of the race, in what looked to me like an unintended bump from Tony Stewart.

    Tragically, Ward made the unwise decision to confront Stewart while the race was still in progress and paid the price with his life.
    No.

    Every weekend across the US, mad drivers are getting out of their cars onto the track.

    Stewart was show boating with his car and accidentally killed him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy View Post
    The title is a little unfair. It implies the driver was somehow at fault when clearly he wasn't. Got himself killed would be a little more apt IMO. It seems a rush of blood to the head and uncontrolled emotion have lead to a very tragic accident. RIP.
    You are clearly not a race fan. This is what all non race fans will think but it is untrue. The YELLOW flag was out. It is normal for drivers to get out of cars after the track has been yellowed for a lap or so.

    The driver who killed the kid has a long and storied history of losing his temper and throwing his car around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Maestro View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Kevin Ward Jr. was understandably upset at being knocked out of the race, in what looked to me like an unintended bump from Tony Stewart.

    Tragically, Ward made the unwise decision to confront Stewart while the race was still in progress and paid the price with his life.
    No.

    Every weekend across the US, mad drivers are getting out of their cars onto the track.

    Stewart was show boating with his car and accidentally killed him.
    Can you clarify the 'no' part please?

    Regardless of the number of drivers who decide to confront others on the track, I'd say it is a very unwise thing to do.

    At this point based on what I've seen and read, I believe the death was accidental and it does appear that Stewart was only 'show boating' or trying to intimidate Ward by goosing the throttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Talk about a brain fart. What an idiot.
    You don't understand. This happens all the time and most of the time, nobody gets hurt.

    The reason why this guy died was because Tony Stewart was trying to intimidate him and roost him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe View Post
    Had Stewart slowed down, his car would have gone left due to the way the wheels are staggered on sprint cars (which are basically steered with the throttle)- the only way he could have run that wide was if he was on the gas, and he's experienced enough to know that was not the wise course of action (and, in fact, was the complete opposite of what a driver is supposed to do under a yellow flag).



    Yeah nah. If he got off the throttle it would have steered right, you hit the throttle to steer them left, which is what he did.

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    From another forum and not TV.

    What to think? Only Stewart really knows what happened. He has to live with himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe View Post
    I think Stewart might have tried to put a scare into the kid, but he didn't mean to hit him. The track had been under the yellow flag for a lap, and he certainly knew he should be slowing down, but he goosed the gas a bit to go sideways (at least that's how it appeared) as a bit of a 'screw you' to a driver that was trying to give him shit by staying on a hot track instead of doing the smart thing and getting off of it ASAP. It was mostly the kid's fault for running out into the action, but Stewart isn't without culpability.

    Had Stewart slowed down, his car would have gone left due to the way the wheels are staggered on sprint cars (which are basically steered with the throttle)- the only way he could have run that wide was if he was on the gas, and he's experienced enough to know that was not the wise course of action (and, in fact, was the complete opposite of what a driver is supposed to do under a yellow flag).

    Wheel stagger on a sprint car:

    I can tell you are a race fan. You know and I know what happened here.

    The only question is if he should be charged with 2nd degree murder or manslaughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe View Post
    Had Stewart slowed down, his car would have gone left due to the way the wheels are staggered on sprint cars (which are basically steered with the throttle)- the only way he could have run that wide was if he was on the gas, and he's experienced enough to know that was not the wise course of action (and, in fact, was the complete opposite of what a driver is supposed to do under a yellow flag).



    Yeah nah. If he got off the throttle it would have steered right, you hit the throttle to steer them left, which is what he did.
    Look at the staggered tires- the cars run counter-clockwise- with the smaller tire on the left they steer left off the throttle- you have to hold the steering wheel slightly to the right just to get them to go straight. With no differential, the car is built to turn left- if you want to go right, you need to do it under power and steer in that direction.

    Under yellow and slowing down, I don't see how he could have gone right without intending to.
    Last edited by FailSafe; 11-08-2014 at 11:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The Maestro View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Kevin Ward Jr. was understandably upset at being knocked out of the race, in what looked to me like an unintended bump from Tony Stewart.

    Tragically, Ward made the unwise decision to confront Stewart while the race was still in progress and paid the price with his life.
    No.

    Every weekend across the US, mad drivers are getting out of their cars onto the track.

    Stewart was show boating with his car and accidentally killed him.
    Can you clarify the 'no' part please?

    Regardless of the number of drivers who decide to confront others on the track, I'd say it is a very unwise thing to do.

    At this point based on what I've seen and read, I believe the death was accidental and it does appear that Stewart was only 'show boating' or trying to intimidate Ward by goosing the throttle.
    The race was on yellow. Your quote says that the kid tried to confront Stewart whille the race was in progress. Yellow means the race is not in progress.

    This is clip is yours truly, Tony Stewart. Nobody knows better then him that a driver who thinks he got wronged, will be confronting you. He knew it was coming and tried to show boat it and killed the guy. Manslaughter.


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