By Chance Hales | August 10, 2014
An tragic incident occurred last night at a Sprint Car race. Driver Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed in an on-track incident with Tony Stewart. The incident began with the two making contact during the race sending Ward Jr. spinning into the wall. Ward Jr. then exited his car and entered the live track to confront Stewart on his next time by. As a few other cars narrowly miss hitting him, Tony Stewart did after it appears Ward Jr. lunged toward his moving vehicle which clipped him and threw him several feet. Ward Jr was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The incident is currently under investigation as an on-track incident.
We don’t want to speculate but there are conflicting reports as to what happened. Some witnesses say Stewart, who has a history of on-track violence, hit the throttle right before hitting Ward Jr. and hit him on purpose. Others say due to poor lighting conditions and Ward Jr. wearing a black racing suit may not have even been seen by Stewart. The course was under yellow, Ward Jr was out of control and unpredictable, and the cars were going at an estimated speed of 40mph and Stewart was following another car so it is entirely possible that he never saw Ward Jr. until it was too late. As of this writing no charges are being filed and Stewart is cooperating fully and is reportedly very shaken up by the incident. Out of respect, he has withdrawn from today’s NASCAR race at Watkins Glen.
Due to the violent and graphic nature of the incident video we will not be embedding it in this post but if you wish to see it and judge for yourself, be advised it is not for the squeamish. The video can be found here.
Photo: AP/John Raoux