‘Have some compassion for the man’: Glenn reacts to the fatal accident that killed racecar driver Kevin Ward, Jr.

Tragedy struck the racetrack on Saturday night, as 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was struck and killed by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart on the dirt track of Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Ward was hit by Stewart’s sprint car after he exited his own vehicle and was walked along the course. The driver was apparently trying to confront Stewart – who had side swiped Ward’s car, causing him to spin out, during the 13th lap of the 25-lap race.

Video of the crash has emerged on YouTube and social media from fans who were at the racetrack. You can watch the incident unfold below (Warning: Graphic content and strong language warning):

According to law enforcement, Stewart has fully cooperated with the investigation thus far, and no criminal charges have been filed. In the aftermath of the fatal accident, Stewart withdrew from Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen.

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke to listeners who are familiar with race car driving and explained why he is concerned for Stewart’s wellbeing.

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There have been conflicting reports in the aftermath of the accident over whether Stewart’s actions in the lead up to the crash show any sort of intent. Several racing experts called in to discuss why the tragedy was likely an accident.

Teddy in Tampa explained that because of the way racecars are designed, Stewart reacted in the only way he could.

“Just wanted to call in and give you an idea how the cars work. I have never been a fan of Tony Stewart, but a round track car, they like to turn left. When they are under power, they turn left – especially a dirt sprint car… that’s all their designed to do. They don’t go straight very well either,” Teddy explained. “So when you look at the video, you can hear Tony goose the throttle, which at would have made the car lunge to the left. Then after, you could see the see the car jerk back to the right.”

In other words, Teddy believes Stewart saw Ward at the last minute and was attempting to get out of the way.

“I think Tony gunned it to make the car go left to swerve around him,” Teddy said. “And that’s why, after he hits, you can see the car turn back to the right, like he’s trying to recover.”

Mike from North Carolina corroborated Teddy’s analysis, and he also mentioned how difficult it is for drivers to see what is going on around them because of the safety constraints in the car.

“The gentleman that just got off the phone there is correct. Those cars are… designed to go left. And when you’re at low speeds like that, they are very difficult to drive,” Mike said. “I have been in those cars, and your peripheral vision is basically zero. There’s head and neck restraints – everything that you have going on, the visor to keep the dirt out of your eyes, all that limits your vision tremendously.”

“Tony probably didn’t see him until the last second, hit the throttle to try to get it to go left, and it just resulted in a tremendous, tremendous accident,” he continued. “But I do not believe that Tony did anything intentionally.”

With those clarifications in mind, Glenn spoke more to how drastically Stewart’s life will change in the aftermath of this tragedy.

“So here’s the thing. I think that Tony Stewart’s life is hanging in the balance today. They aren’t going to press charges, but think about what this guy is going to have to face for the rest of his life,” Glenn concluded. “I mean, this could pull him apart… He should absolutely get back in the car… If he allows this to take him out of what he loves to do, he’s done… Have some compassion for the man.”

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  • landofaahs

    Another media sensation designed to deflect our attention away from the real problems and it seems to work. Got played again Glenn.

    • Drew Cinert

      It can’t be all politics all the time. Do you not like the humorous bits either? And who “designed” the accident? It’s a news story.

      • Michelle N

        And he’s said…his focus is on CULTURE, not politics. He has a radio show and talking about current events, disasters and accidents is what he does.

      • landofaahs

        The media picks up these stories and runs them into the ground 24/7. Report it and move on to something important like world war that’s coming. You don’t design the accident but the coverage of sensationalism. Tomorrow it’s some other stupid sports figure.

        • Billy Knight

          Nope, it’s the probable suicide of a beloved actor/comedian. Forget about the children being slaughtered in Iraq. Forget about the threat of nuclear armaments in Korea. Forget about the women and children being slaughtered in Central Africa. There are celebrities to spit on and cry over!

          • landofaahs

            Amen.

      • Ross Magargee

        if a nobody hit the kid ,it would be bury in the back pages somewhere.

      • Ed Jasper

        The lib media would attempt to disparage Nascar and one of its more popular drivers by demonstrating how mean and violent these rednecks from middle America are. Remember when Earnhardt died? One article claimed that people in Walmarts were in mourning across America. Here are some facts about sprint cars.

        I have raced on oval tracks and there are several
        possibilities that may have come in to play here. First, these tracks are slick
        and banked. This may have caused Ward to get closer to Stewart’s car than he
        meant to. These cars are winged and provide limited vision for the driver. The
        car just in front of Stewart nearly hit Ward and he had more time to avoid him
        than Stewart had. These cars have over 700 hp engines and if Stewart saw Ward
        at the last second, he may have hit the gas to get past him, causing the car to
        fish-tail into the young man. It’s not as simple as it looks on film. Another thing with these cars is that you
        need to steer with the throttle because the front wheels really don’t do much,
        which is why you often see them coming out of turns with one or two front
        wheels in the air.

        • Tara Jones

          I wouldn’t be so quick to label the racing community “rednecks”. If you have raced, then you know most of these ppl aren’t living in trailer parks eating pork rinds with their remaining teeth. My fiancée is a crew chief for a sprint car team…a brand new 358 sprint car can cost upwards of $40K…a brand new 410 sprint, double that bill. That’s not exactly “walmart” prices LOL!

          • Ed Jasper

            I apologize for not making my post clearer. I meant that the liberal media perceive us as rednecks.

    • AJ_Olding

      How is this designed to deflect our attention away from other things? I get that in function it does do that, but you’re telling me someone planned this accident just to make a story? Bravo.

      • landofaahs

        The Media uses these sensational yet inconsequential stories to distract the public from the real hell that’s coming our way. Bury your head in the sand seems to be the battle cry of the day.

        • AJ_Olding

          This story is a big deal, so every source has covered it some, but with the exception of Sports networks, can you name anyone who has covered this incident to excess?

          • landofaahs

            Define excess. If you mentioned it more than once an hour and mentioned it more than one day, then it’s overdone. In my opinion.

        • Tara Jones

          Yet here is where we are all focusing OUR OWN attention…so again, who is to blame? Us or the media that we are grubbing on? Look in the mirror folks…. Im doing it too.

          • landofaahs

            Then just up or down my post and don’t respond. I’m trying to get off the subject but I was raised to think it rude if you are asked a question and you do not reply but I will be rude on this subject and this post. No more answers because I’ve already put in into perspective. FINI.

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  • Bob Young

    I would have hit the brakes, not the throttle. Having said that, the driver who was killed was reckless, and this is what caused his death.

    • Rick Robinson

      Brakes don’t work like that on a muddy dirt track. Turns into a slide as on ice. Literally, the only thing to do was to try & shoot the car hard left with the accelerator.

      • DeRaven

        Bob Young, how old are you? How much experience do you have driving? You do not hit the brakes early water, snow, mud, ice, not if you want to maintain control. I grew up in a region where we knew how to drive in bad weather, and in mud before we had our licenses, and we all knew how to race…sigh, it’s infuriating to be around people who don’t. That said…You are right, Ward was an idiot for getting out. Now must live with the aftermath.

        • Bob Young

          hitting the gas is not a way to control the vehicle. perhaps off the gas and steer around the person. again, the idiot who got killed was 100%responsible for his own death.

          • shanaldo3

            Sorry Bob…hitting the gas on a DIRT track IS the way to control the vehicle….the slower the vehicle goes, the LESS control you have.

          • Bob Young

            so you are arguing that if these cars could go 200 mph, they’d have even better control?

          • Billy Knight

            No, but if you know about these cars you know that they do not steer with the steering wheel as much as they do with the throttle. The set-up is made so that the car drives off kilter. Watch a sprint car event and you will see that at speed the car is going left although the steering tires are pointed right. When you are in street car on mud, ice, or any other slippery surface it tends to over-react to your commands. That is not the case here. These cars do not react the way a street car or even other race cars would. Braking at 35mph on the track would most likely have caused a skid and instead of death by massive blunt force trauma Kevin Ward Jr would likely have been torn apart under the car as well. Tony reacted in the way any skilled sprint car driver would have. Your instinct is to steer away from the obstacle, in these cars steering, especially to the left, requires acceleration.

          • Bob Young

            I dont know much about these cars, but when I was a kid, I went to one of these races and did notice that they were basically fish tailing around the track, with a minimal straightaway.

          • Guest

            You ever driven a dirt sprint car? I have, You are as ignorant as you sound if you think hitting the brakes at 50 to 60 mph on slick ass dirt is safe. Ward should have stayed in the car and he would be alive. He chose to exit the car and show boat his temper and paid with his life. End of flipping story. Condolences and prayers to all involved.

          • Bob Young

            No need for the name calling dude. we are all ohana here.

          • DeRaven

            You are correct to a degree…in most situations the correct response is to only do one thing at a time…turn or accelerate… turn or brake…so..what yor are suggesting would be off the gas and turn….however…he was racing around a track…in a car designed specifically to pull to the left…were you never taught how to take a sharp curve? many people aren’t. I notice that following people on highway feeders as well as country roads; people brake harder in the middle of the turn rather than going into a turn. Foolish and dangerous. You should control your speed going into the turn but you accelerate at the high point of the turn. Allow the centrifugal force to carry you through the turn. It’s safer, and you can hold control at higher speeds.

            They were on a circular track…braking or even getting off the gas would be the WRONG thing against physics…the right thing instinctively…that’s why we need to practice until we have our reactions strong enough to beat our instincts…but the CORRECT thing to do when racing around a circle would be to ACCELERATE it allows the laws of physics to help control. Going straight…even making a regular turn…I would say you were correct…but you are either forgetting they were on a circular track…or you do not understand the distinction.

            I respect your logic and politeness in this discussion; it is all too rare these days. .

          • Tara Jones

            Bob, these cars aren’t designed to just go straight, let alone turn right. The less throttle, the less control. Get in your car, turn it off, have someone push you fast enough to get moving, then try to steer it….then when it slows down, try AGAIN to steer it. It would be a BEAR to control. Same with these, but much worse…MUCH worse. Please educate yourself about sprint cars before attempting to use ignorance as information.

      • Tara Jones

        those tracks are clay/mud with a thin layer/film of rubber, grease and god knows what else on the surface. They wet the tracks down before the races, then “run the track in” to make it wet, slick and slimy. I cannot tell you how many times I nearly landed on my butt crossing that slop at Selinsgrove when walking to the pits to join OUR sprint car drivers that we wrench/crew for. That said Bob, the track IS like driving on ice. Braking would have been a BAD choice.

        • Alessandro Drudi

          Had Stewart just driven straight ahead this would not have happened. The kid wasn’t suicidal and was himself a driver, so I don’t think he would have thrown himself under Stewart’s tires AND he knew how these cars behave.

    • Paid in Full

      So glad you know how to drive the cars better than a man who’s raced them all his life and won championships at every level.

    • kanakattack

      If It was me I would have hit the gas to get by the moron quicker in case he was going to throw something at me. I can completely see why Stewart would have hit the gas after suddenly seeing a belligerent driver out on the track aggressively walking down the track pointing his finger at him. The guy was an idiot to get out on the track, he was interfering with the race, and it’s obviously that right at the last second he stepped right in front of Stewart’s car. Stewart I’m sure was just annoyed with the guy and didn’t want to deal with him interfering with the race.

    • AJ_Olding

      The brakes, would have assured Tony hits the kid. Because you’ll continue skidding straight with the brakes. Throttle allows you to turn giving you a chance to avoid the driver who is right in front of you.

  • Ginger Dorendorf Wunderlich

    From watching the video I don’t know why he didn’t get hit with about 2-3 other cars. What kind of an idiot goes out on a racetrack like that?

    • Debbie Barber Reed

      yep……he was obviously a cocky fired up idiot…..well he won’t do that again…..unlucky car #13……

    • Tim F

      No disrespect intended, but I was thinking the exact same thing. Just how did that seem smart to do?

    • Billy Knight

      I think idiot is harsh here. Kevin Ward Jr was a race car driver. Most people who race cars for a living are passionate about their cars. And unless he was from money it could possibly have been the only car he had and that kind of crash would have done significant damage. He felt Tony forced him into the wall and (just like Tony would have been with the roles reversed) he was angry. While his actions were reckless in this instance the were fueled by his passion for racing. He felt a need to make sure the guy he believed wrecked him knew that he was angry. In that he was successful, there was no misinterpreting his anger when you watch that video. It is unfortunate and tragic that the outcome of him losing his temper was losing his life. We shouldn’t belittle him for having such passion but we should use this tragedy as a lesson to educate others on the danger of letting your anger dictate your actions!

      • Pat Malone

        As I said above… Sorry several other drivers that are nowhere near the quality of driver that Tony Stewart is managed to miss him… I think it was an accident but I also think Tony was trying to get close to him in an “how dare this young buck call me out”, moment… Accident to hit and kill him but not an accident to confront him…

        • Billy Knight

          Maybe but I honestly believe he just didn’t see him soon enough to avoid him.

        • John Doe

          “I think…..”.. you cannot make that assumption..

        • amdriven

          As I posted above, the other drivers had more room to work with. Ward came down the track to the level of the #45 and #14. Ward had the best view of where they were running. Ward eliminated a lot of space for them to pass.

        • kicklotsofbutt

          Did you even try looking at the beginning of the video when Tony hit Wards car? I doubt that you did, because there was a car on the left side of Tony that forced him into Wards car causing the wreck in the first place. Ward made a big mistake by going onto the track and it was the cause of his death. It is a shame that it happened but Tony will live with it for the rest of his life and he may never race again. Some of the naysayers blaming Tony because of his past antics need to look back over the past few years since he has been an owner of a team and has toned down. One more thing needs to be added that NO DRIVER WOULD INTENTIONALLY KILL ANOTHER DRIVER PERIOD.

          • Jani Brown Price

            Well said, thank you!

        • Russ

          Really? Tony was driving on a line, He didnt move up track towards Ward, Ward was moving down track towards Stewart. Unless you are just completely stupid or blind it is very obvious. The guy in front of Stewart said he didnt see Ward until the last second and barely missed him, of course Ward moved a little to keep from getting hit, he was moving closer to Tonys car.

    • Michael Carey

      The conduct of Ward was clearly driven by heightened emotion and anger caused by Stewart’s very aggressive reckless driving. This poor young kid was not in his right mind because of the anger Stewart caused.

  • Elaine

    So much speculation from thousands of people who were not there. I do not believe that Tony Stewart or any other NASCAR driver would deliberately hit anybody with his car. That is just ridiculous. So let’s wait and see what the investigation shows and what the law says about what happened and not attempt to try Tony Stewart in the court of speculative public opinion. And yes, have a whole NASCAR-load of compassion for Tony, and pray for him.

    • Bina

      This was the most well-thought out and intelligent post yet…

    • Bonnie Maestas

      Sorry to say but Stewart has paralyzed a driver in his past, thrown items at other drivers all because he cannot control his anger. He has NO BUSINESS being behind the wheel of a car, let alone being on a race track. He needs to be locked up where he can get help. He killed Ward, end of story. I have no compassion for Stewart at all.

      • Rhett Waters

        thats a mans life youre saying should be taken for something another racer made a mistake by getting out of his car and walking on the track. it wasnt Stewarts fault at all and people are making it seem that way you can tell in the video he tries to avoid him.

        • Johnst

          I think drivers walking down the track like that in anger should be suspended from racing if they live to tell about it. This accident could have easily been avoided. Maybe this will be a rule-changer.

          It is quite hard to run over racecar drivers that are not standing in traffic. RIP Kevin.

      • Barbara Armacost

        Bonnie, I have never been a Stewart fan, but you are out of line, he was a hot head when he was a kid, just like this kid that got killed, and that is what can happen to those that don’t control their tempers, tony did nothing wrong, he would never hit anyone on purpose, and he is good at what he does, so, this is just a tragedy that could have been avoided if the hot head young kid would have stayed in his vehicle, he had no business getting out of that car with the rest of the track still moving.

        • Bonnie Maestas

          I can prove to you MANY incidents where Stewart lost his temper and it was not when he was young, I am talking about incidents from 2011-2013. Stewart has no business being on a race track in control of a car going 100+ mph when he cannot wven control his own temper. He has been recorded saying that he will “run over” drivers all because of some slight he most likely imagined.

          • Bob Rusnak

            Bonnie, You don’t appear to understand racing. I have seen Stewart run across a track and if he got hit by another car it would have been his fault. He did not kill Ward, Ward ran across the track and any of the cars could have hit him. Don’t pass judgment unless you know the fact. As a matter of fact, Harvik, Busch, and many others have done this same thing of getting out of their car on the track because of anger.

          • Abir Mandal

            shut up bonnie. idiots who walk in between high speed cars deserve the darwin award. i suspect so do you.

          • Rebecca Joann Boggs-Palmer

            lol exactly, and well put

          • Linda Doolittle Pierce

            Seems to me your playing judge and jury here Bonnie, but to you its guilty until proven innocent. If what you say we’re true then this sport should hang up its hat and call it over. There is not a driver that has not lost their temper. Just because of things in the past you automatically deem him a murderer. Your a fool because we all have done things that were not right and you are no exception. Anyone who thinks this was anything but a horrific accident does not know the man that Tony Stewart is. You don’t understand these cars or the rules. Plain and simple…Kevin Ward made a huge error that cost him his life. People like you should keep your comments to yourself because they make you sound very ignorant.

          • Thexile

            I remember Mike Skinner (who by the way was a far greater danger on the track) on camera saying he would wreck his grandma to win a race. It’s obvious your hatred for Tony Stewart is what is fueling your
            illogical replies. You would be willing to condemn an innocent man based
            on your own personal feelings about the person and that’s scary. If kevin had been killed by the driver in front of Tony you would have said oh how tragic and sad, he should have stayed in his car and this would not have happened. But your hatred for Stewart has somehow blinded you from the reality that it was an accident and given you a baseless soapbox to stand on and preach about the evils of Tony Stewart. You can scream all day long about how Tony should not be a race car driver and blah blah blah….but at the end of the day your sad commentaries only prove what we already know about you. You would not be a good candidate for jury duty.

          • Cathy Grimes

            JUST WHAT I WAS THINKING!!!!

          • deb barron

            Omg. Have u ever heard of smack talking? So whats ur take on angry drivers getting out of their car when all other cars r still racing?

          • Robert W Rogers

            I frankly never knew who TS was until this happened – but it is insanity to do what the young man that was killed did. I am amazed that TS even got to him before he was hit.

          • Rebecca Joann Boggs-Palmer

            Bonnie did you take your meds today?

      • Wolfie

        You obviously know nothing about NASCAR, dirt racing, or Tony Stewart. I have rarely gone a weekend, watching dirt sprints and the NASCAR Sprint Series where there isn’t an angry driver over a situation. Kyle Bush has been known to get very upset, so has Carl Edwards. Hell, even Jeff Gordon has. Other drivers have thrown their helmets in disgust or fury. It’s emotions of the sport.

        The paralysis incident was not on purpose. And what you don’t know is that these injuries are rare, but not unheard of. They happen and someone is always responsible for the incident.

        You know nothing about dirt racing, especially sprint cars. It’s extremely hard to dodge a moving object that quickly.

        You are a fool and ignorant to think Tony Stewart did this on purpose.

        • Bonnie Maestas

          While you believe the paralysis incident was not on purpose, it does not change the fact that a driver was left paralyzed due to Stewart being unable to control his anger. There have been MANY incidents recorded that shows Stewart losing his temper and some of the people do get hurt, including his own pit crew. I know that other racers have lost their tempers however, not to the extreme of Stewart. I am not a fool nor am i ignorant, so no need to call names as it is a bit childish. I am allowed my own opinions on things and you are free to disagree with them. As for your claim about me not liking Stewart, you would be correct, however i will say that until he started actually hurting people in his anger i used to like watching him race. I stopped watching NASCAR because i got tired of his crap.

          • Ryan McLaughlin

            Your opinion isn’t legitimate because you’re biased. Good bye now.

          • WVProud62

            Bonnie you are absolutely correct in saying Tony has done some very bad things but as for this particular incident, I don’t believe he had malice in his heart to deliberately hit a boy with his car. Kevin was only 20 years old, although Tony does have anger issues that most certainly need to be addressed I don’t believe he would ever take someones life or even try to hit them with his car. Maybe hitting their car with his but not their body. Also he would have to deal with his anger on his own terms. No one is going to make him take any kind of counseling, let’s be honest, he is a money maker to the big dogs. They love this sort of thing.

          • Brian

            Bonnie your right everyone is allowed their opinion however your opinion makes you sound like an idiot. This kid who got out of his car deserves the most blame for what happened.

          • Jani Brown Price

            THIS is not NASCAR, these cars are extremely different than stock cars. I think the other drivers with experience on these dirt tracks have explained what happened, I cannot believe the hatred and nastiness being posted. Prayers for the family of Kevin and for Tony

          • Thomas

            If you stopped watching NASCAR simply because of Stewart you never watched enough to know about how the vehicles worked any how.

          • juergen

            You are the dumbest person have ever heard.WOW

          • Bonnie Maestas

            I am a bit curious… how exactly does one “hear” a typed comment? And you call me the stupid one lmao

          • Jim

            I agree. Stewart is a hot head. To say all drivers are hot heads just like Stewart is saying that all politicians lie just like Obama. No comparison. Stewart gets angry ALL the time, for way too many things and he leaves a trail of destruction behind him whether its other drivers cars, their health and now their lives. It’s not just an accident, its a pattern.

          • Michael Carey

            Well said Jim

          • Kelly Wright

            Great point, 100% truth about Tony and Obama! and they both have a pattern of leaving destruction behind them!!

          • Rebecca Joann Boggs-Palmer

            i see ur still whining!

          • Bonnie Maestas

            Honey i havent been posting anything for hours so how the hell am i complaing or whining about anything? Unlike you, i have an actual life and a family to take care of and raise..

          • Wolfie

            Now that is flat out hilarious. My intent is not to “troll” or be rude, but I laughed very hard and long while reading this comment.

            Yes, I agree. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but there is a right and wrong. Tony Stewart did not harm anyone on purpose, so get over it. That link below is the list of every Nascar fatal accident (unfortunately.) Feel free to contact every single driver who caused each wreck and tell them, they are worthless people with murderous intent. You know, because obviously, you don’t believe humans should have errors and can get too emotionally involved in something.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NASCAR_fatal_accidents

            And btw, I am not childish. Calling you ignorant is not an insult. I am simply stating the obvious fact to nearly everyone who has commented on your post, that you do not understand racing whatsoever. You may watch it, but you know little about how it actually works. Thus, you are ignorant about racing. For example, I am ignorant about a piano.

            Now you being a fool. Well, when you expressed a very close-minded and biased opinion, yeah it’s pretty foolish. I will clarify. You are not a fool, you’re opinion is foolish. You have every right to believe it, but it’s not correct.

          • Phillip Coffey

            What did Stewart have to BE upset about? He was racing hard and drifted up the track, just like every driver on the track, including the kid. has done over and over again. It is the very nature of “racing”. You are on the ragged edge of control every second and especially in the turns when traction can go away at any given moment. Then, we cannot overlook the issue of visibility. There was another car ahead of and slightly to the right of Tony’s car which hampered his vision even more so than what was already the case, due to a dimly lit track. Then consider the young man was dressed all in black, which is fine if you are Johnny Cash, but not so much when you are running around on a dimly lit track where the cars ARE STILL MOVING. It is a horrible tragedy and I really feel for the family and the fans who were there and witnessed this, but it was NOT intentional, it was an accident. Same as the one that broke Tony’s leg so badly last year, or the countless others that have happened ever since two horseless carriages got together to see which one was fastest. Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and others have done exactly the same thing! Why didn’t you get tired of THEIR crap? Carl Edawrds put Brad Keslowski into the catch fence at Atlanta at BETTER THAN 190 mph… and that WAS intentional. Four people went to the hospital and it was a miracle there weren’t more. So how can you possibly pin all you reasoning on one driver?

        • Mark Huston

          I agree, as a former racer on the dirt here in NY, she is a fool. She knows nothing of how a dirt car works, they are set up to turn left under power and straighten out when coming out of a corner. The sad thing the young man left the safety of his car to be a hot head.. it is harsh, but I as a racer put the blame on this young kid who should have know better, wait til you are off the track to get in someones face over how they drive.

        • deb barron

          Amen!!!!

        • Michael Carey

          Not on purpose, but with negligence due to his reckless
          anger.

      • Jared Sadowski

        Bonnie get facts she was not paralyzed but could have been due to a crash race cars crash that’s what happens in competition so I believe you haven’t a clue about any thing you have said or what you believe and that’s sad. Maybe when you have a fender bender the lynch mob will look for you as you are for Tony especially when your clueless

      • Todd

        I am beside myself at this statement Bonnie. With the amount of conviction that you have in your statement you seem to be of the same mentality that you accuse Stewart of.

      • Andrea Maletta Lmt

        You are an idiot to assume Stewart was angry about anything in the first place and then play judge and jury because you THINK he was angry. The only certain display of anger was from Kevin who should have never, NEVER got out of his car and walked onto the track with moving race cars. YOU are ignorant of all the facts surrounding this tragedy and only serve to do damage by speculation. Stewart, nor any other professional race driver would ever intentionally use their race care to harm someone.. ever. If you do not have a clear understanding of how sprint cars actually operate how they are handled and were not there. to see how dark it actually was to see a driver with a black fire suit in the dim light on aa dark surface would be very difficult to see with the amount of limited visibility inside one of those cars, you have no right to speculate anything. You and numerous others that pretend to be “all knowing” and cast judgement are the only ones guilty here. Maybe you should just sit back, shut your pie hole and let the investigation run its course. There enough people hurt by this tragedy and sadly, the negativity many of you are spewing only serves to hurt more. For once consider someone else. and keep your factless, unproven opinion to yourself. Its people like you that is what’s wrong with this world.

        • donna murawski

          Thank you for that comment! People, like me, should keep our mouths shut about something we know nothing about! I have learned alot since Saturday, but not nearly enough to play Judge and Jury like some of these twits. What I do know is that Tony Stewart would NEVER intentionally hurt anyone! He has visibally changed since becoming co-owner of SHR and people should not keep referring to him as a hot head. That was the old Tony. Leave the past where it belongs…in the past.

          • Jani Brown Price

            I am not a Tony fan either but he is very supportive of many charities and has a good heart. Accidents in racing happen all the time, and dirt tracks are very dangerous. Kevin got out of his car and walked into traffic, this was irresponsible and caused this tragedy. When Dan Wheldon and Dale Earnhardt were killed in accidents, they were racing not walking on the track. This was a terrible accident and listening to other drivers and people who are fans of this type of racing all have explained that visibility is terrible in these cars ad that Tony was trying to avoid him. If Tony had meant to run over him, he would not have hit him with the rear tire. I think the other drivers know how these cars handle and how they explain this accident makes sense. If you don’t like Tony fine, but stop condemning him for a tragic accident

          • Phillip Coffey

            Excellent point Jani! If there was intent, he would have turned INTO the kid and hit him with the bumper. HOW do you hit someone with the back wheel if you are NOT trying to avoid them?

      • Ryan McLaughlin

        That’s interesting for you to say. Where were you sitting that you were a firsthand witness to the alleged “crime”?

      • Barry O’Kenya

        I agree Bonnie. Stewart’s issues with uncontrolled rage should have been addressed long ago to try and avoid this very type of incident.

      • deb barron

        Seriously? U mean because he is the only driver to ever lose his temper? Tony is a great driver and if u would pay attention there is NO WAY that was intentional. He is a good hearted man! Check ur facts before u spout off.

      • Rebecca Joann Boggs-Palmer

        aww Bonnie cry a little bit more with your accusations. We’ll fine out soon enough.

      • Tracy

        He’s been controling his anger for years now. I would say you have no compassion towards ANYONE!!! Maybe we should keep you from behind the wheel of any car as well…….

    • Johnst

      Never been a Tony Stewart fan ever, but I also cannot believe he hit him on purpose, he gunned it to the left trying to get out of the way of Kevin very stupidly walking down the track into traffic.

      Horrible accident, and I’ve seen Tony do some dirty driving but he did NOT mean to hit Kevin…. I don’t believe he did for one second.

    • Phillip Coffey

      I agree with everything you said, with the exception of the “any other NASCAR driver”. I, personally, saw a driver deliberately wreck another driver at 190+ mph and put his car up high into the catch fence where parts from the disintegrating car caused 4 fans to go to the hospital and felt there was a lot of luck involved that there weren’t many, many more. To me, this driver has always given me the same impression I get from a bully. It’s one thing to “put him into the wall”, but another to turn him into an airplane and launch him at the stands. That, to me, shows a blatant disregard for everyone at the track. At that speed, there is no telling what all could have happened. That it didn’t was an act of God… but again, that’s merely my opinion.

      • Elaine

        Yes, I saw that happen to Carl, and it scared me to death. I don’t think the bully driver was trying to kill him, though. He’s just not very bright sometimes.

  • armystrongmom85

    I think Tony Stewart is an idiot! He did it on purpose you see the rest of the cars going to the low side of the track which is what you are suppose to do during a caution and a car is stalled on the track. Instead of going low he goes high and then spins the ass end of his car hitting the kid. He knew exactly what he was doing! He needs to be charged and never allowed to race again! Just because he is famous doesn’t mean he should get away with killing a kid!

    • Zachary Scholl

      Because you obviously know better than every proffessional who has taken part in this discussion…

    • Anne Byrd

      You are the idiot. Have you driven one these cars? It is always blame the famous person

    • dmoore@rollingstart,org

      No you are the IDIOT..Learn spmething about the sport before you condem a person,, How much do you even know about racing?

    • lonniewescott

      No, Ma’am, what you are SUPPOSED to do is stay in your car where it’s safe until the Safety Crew gets to you, not take a stroll out onto an active racetrack! One car barely avoided Ward, then Ward takes three more steps DOWN the track to get “right in Tony’s face” so he’d be sure to make the highlight reels on SportsCenter. Well, he accomplished that.

    • Ron Taylor

      In all fairness I think your an IDIOT!!!

    • AJ_Olding

      Umm, he wasn’t high on that track. He was about half way between the infield wall and the outer wall, which is actually very far inside of where he likes to run under green, so I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    • amdriven

      The driver with the best view was Ward. He could see where all the cars were running. After the high ones went past, he then stepped down the track to the level HE could see the #45 and #14 were running.

  • Doug-Tammy Isaacs

    typical stewart M.O., but this time resulting in a death instead of “just” a fractured spine (19-year old Alysha Ruggles, to which stewart admitted causing) or the multitude of wrecked vehicles left in this “professional” drivers path. Typically it’s Stewart that’s out of his car and throwing a fit, and his helmet. i think Stewart’s intent was to throw dirt at Ward using the rear tire, but when the car fishtailed to the right Ward was then caught by the tire….an accident, yes, but it happened.
    It seems both parties let their emotions get out of hand, but you would think a
    “professional” in his early forties and who has been racing for better than thirty years, and who has already been through anger management at the behest of team owner Joe Gibbs would have a better grasp on his emotions than a twenty year old upstart.
    …personal opinion, involuntary? yes, manslaughter? yes.

    • Jim McCulley

      “You think his intent was….” OK, well then convict him….case solved.

    • lonniewescott

      If you’re driving along the highway, and person runs out in front of you, at night, wearing dark clothes, and you hit him, are you guilty of involuntary manslaughter, or is that just how God gets rid of the stupid ones?

      • brm373

        My brother committed suicide by stepping in front of a semi at night the driver was not charged

        • FluffyPillow

          and the driver shouldn’t be if your brother committed suicide.

    • db

      Dumbass! Would you dress in black and run into traffic!

    • shanaldo3

      Nope! Not manslaughter! Imminent risk is implied when YOU sign the waiver. If he WOULD HAVE STAYED IN HIS CAR LIKE HE SHOULD HAVE, he would be alive right now.

    • joseywales2012

      Anyone on here bashing Tony or Kevin is just about at heartless as you can get, you obviously didn’t listen to the comments from guys that have actually buckled in and drove these cars before and took the time to explain a little how these cars work to shed some light on the situation, Tony made some stupid mistakes in his time, but there’s no way I don’t care what anybody says about him that he intentionally run the guy down. As for Kevin he made a mistake that cost him his life but what everyone keeps saying about how he should have stayed in the car, you are all right about that but one thing we all have to remember is when your angry I dont care who you are sometimes adrenaline kicks in and you have no control over what your thinking and you just start doing something. Its human nature and it causes you to do things you normally wouldnt do. If you people were decent you would be praying for all parties involved in this incident and let the law decide if anything should be done about it, not a lynch mob just because you dislike somebody, give him a fair shake, innocent until proven guilty and as far as the videos I have seen you can’t see the video good enough to be able to say that he was right or wrong for what he chose to do.

    • patrick durbin

      My personal opinion is you are an idiot who has never raced and a stewart batter.you better hope karma doesn’t bite you some day when your driving your minivan down the highway and kill someone walking on the road maybe some overzealous cop will say it’s your fault a get you for manslaughter.I really need to pray for all the hater idiots like you

  • David A. Schiferl

    As in most situations when a racer spins or wrecks it is common practice that the affected driver stays in the vehicle unless the driver is in imminent danger. In such a situation the driver exists the vehicle and removes themselves from danger. In this case Mr. Ward, the driver, wasn’t in danger and removed himself from the vehicle and put himself into a dangerous situation. This young man had been racing since the age of 4 and he let his anger over take common sense. Sometimes people get themselves into bad situations because of stupid decisions. I pray for Mr. Ward’s family and Mr. Stewart.

  • ryanomaniac

    Ton of people on here don’t know jack about dirt track racing. So shut up.

    • MarieJ27

      No, I don’t know jack about dirt track racing, but I know what I saw. Ward endangered other racers on the track including himself.

  • http://www.anthonyhereld.com/ Anthony Hereld

    I’m of the opinion that Stewart was driving high with the intent of doing a “drive by” or possibly tossing dirt on the kid. I don’t think he intentionally ran Ward Jr. over, but given Stewart’s hot-headed history, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he had ill intentions that unfortunately went very, very wrong. He deserves the outcry he’s receiving in all of this to say the least.

    • politicaljules

      Which he has never done, so you opinion does not hold much weight.

    • amdriven

      The #14 wasn’t driving high. Earlier, the #5 drove right up next to Ward’s car. Ward let the higher cars go by before he took a right turn and walked into the middle of the track, thus, cutting off any extra “safety” room for cars to pass.

  • Steve Schmidt

    If u want to point any fingers I think they should be pointed at Nascar, Sprint Car, Indy racing league, and all the other racing venues that have allowed drivers multiple times to get out of the cars and confront another moving car on track. Every time I seen such a unsafe act occur I was just cringing waiting for something like this to happen….. its really a shame that it takes a death like this to get people to look at this action as unsafe instead of looking at it as entertainment value.

    • politicaljules

      The racing leagues don’t let them do that. There are posted rules against it, and the drivers are all briefed on the rules before every race. Repeat offenders that break the rules get fined and suspended. Likely the rules and the penalties will be much stiffer after this. They always are. On a side note, this particular league was the Lucas Oil Racing series.

      • ArthurFrayne

        NASCAR encourages it… “Have at it boys”.

    • Jani Brown Price

      Many drivers who “lose their temper” have had heavy fines, lost points, etc from their actions . This was a tragic accident -started when Kevin got out of his car and walked into traffic. I was the 6th car of an 11 car pile up on a freeway, car was totaled and I was not at fault-I did not get out of my car and walk into traffic.

  • Brian Lee

    How come the first car turned left without gassing it up and avoided him? The cars do turn better when drifting but can still go left without it. If not then the first car would have hit him and they would have to drift all the way into the pits and the trailers. After following Nascar for years and have seen Tony’s temper(Got out of his car and threw helmet at Matt Kenseth while on track, spinning cars on pit road, etc.) I think he was aggravated and did it to intimidate the driver (scare him, throw a little dirt on him, etc.) and it just got out of control. Such a tragedy! RIP Kevin Ward Jr. Prayers to the families of both involved. Hopefully we can use this as an example of how anger influences your decision. Never make decision when you are angry, you will most likely regret it.

    • Weary Warrior

      Is it possible the first car missed Ward because Ward wasn’t as far out into traffic at that point as he was when Stewart approached? It looks to me as if Ward moved deeper into the path of oncoming traffic to confront Stewart. ???

      • amdriven

        Have you seen from the seat of a Sprint Car (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXjzuaEDPs4 ) Also, drivers take this time during cautions to do a check list of sorts. One on the list is removing a tear off from their face shields, check gauges, adjust seat belts. And, drive the car.

        The person with the best view of where cars were on the track was Ward. Notice how he stayed high on the track as the higher cars came past? Then turned right and went down the track to the level HE saw the next 2 cars coming at him.

        The #14 was 1.5 seconds behind the #45. The #45 was blocking the view of the #14. (after all, they were just coming out of a corner) As close as Ward was to the #45 car, the #14 had 1.5 seconds to discern 1. there was a driver on the track 2. do something about it.

        Also, the #45 was 2.5 seconds behind the car before him. And the #45 nearly hit Ward. I would like to talk with the #45.

      • Tara Jones

        Partly correct, yes. the #45 had a more unobstructed view as well. But yes..Ward ran right towards TS’s car. TS did not hit him head on, or even with the right front tire. He is a pro driver. That alone is telling…..if he meant to hit him, it wouldn’t have been the right rear.

    • politicaljules

      The first car had the benefit of an unblocked view. Kevin was much higher in the track, and not aiming for that first car. Kevin actually jumped back from that first car, and then made a beeline for Tony’s car. He charged tony’s car with finger pointed quickly and angrily. Kevin’s split second of pure anger clouded his judgement and made him feel invincible.

      But on a side note, have you ever been going down a freeway at a high rate of speed when the car in front of you swerves to miss a dead animal in the road, and you unfortunately do not get the message and end up hitting it. I know I have. Similar situation.

      Kevin broke many rules, and Tony did not. The only one exhibiting the behavior and the angry acts of intimidation was Kevin. He showed his anger, hot headiness, and let his temper put him in a dangerous situation. So very sad, but Tony did not provoke or retaliate against Kevin.

    • Rambler Man

      Does anybody know why TS runs these “little” races? Does anybody know TS’s reputation at these little tracks? First, he races these “little” races because he just loves to race. At the Sprint Cup level he’s earning a paycheck, working to please sponsors, trying to win a championship. The stress of those obligations are not only real killjoys, they are also a real part of the anger many top drivers show. At the local tracks, TS (along with several other Sprint Cup drivers) get to just race. And unless you’ve actually done that, you don’t get it. Racing is just plain fun. That’s why some guys are happy coming in next to last almost every race. Because, whether you’re racing for 1st or 7th or next-to-last, as long as there’s someone to race, you’re having fun!
      Second, Tony’s rep at those tracks is just that, that he comes to race and just be one of the guys. He’s not a bully or a prima donna, he races hard but clean, and he tells the guy who beats him, “Good Race!” with a genuine smile on his face. Whatever opinion you have of him from TV, at those tracks he’s a real sportsman. Just one of the guys. No temper tantrums, no fits, no bullying.
      That’s why even thinking he was going to spray the kid with a rooster tail “to teach him a lesson” is so un-Tony Stewart-like as to be slander. The posturing puffed-up banty rooster you see on TV, while not actually an act, is his Sprint Cup persona, and it’s part of his success. But it’s not him. The guy who couldn’t bring himself to race Sunday, the guy who might never race again because of the pain in his heart, the part that wishes it was him and not the kid who died, is a genuinely good man who would never have even considered any of what some of you have accused him of.

      • Tara Jones

        Thank you. I am not a TS fan, or even a NASCAR fan, but I love sprint car racing. My fiancée is a crew chief for a local sprint team. I had the experience of being at William’s Grove one night when TS was racing sprints. Ppl who never go to dirt tracks were there simply b/c he was there…it was a nightmare in the pits. But, I got to watch him race….and what I LOVED was seeing one of our young “local legends” race his young heart out, racing his arse off trying to beat TS…and he darn near did it! TS was having the time of his life, just racing for the fun of it, not the notoriety, not the checks, not the sponsorship….just for some fun on our lil dirt mark on the map. Its great to make a living doing what you love, but then its ‘work’ and takes a lot of the pleasure from it. For guys like TS, going to the dirt track on a Friday night woul be like a truck driver going to play on the lil go-karts or bumper cars at a theme park.
        No driver wants to hurt/injure another driver or destroy that driver’s car/equipt….noway! They want to race them and beat them out on the oval, fair n square.

    • Tara Jones

      “Never make a decision when you are angry…” Your words. #13 did JUST THAT and got himself killed tragically. HE was the one displaying temper issues. HIS temper got him killed, not someone else’s. One of the first rules of racing: Stay in your car, helmet on and strapped in until told otherwise by n official or medic. UNLESS the driver is in imminent danger, STAY STRAPPED IN …..and this is exactly why. Put blame where it belongs. Sadly it was his choice to exit the safety of his car and restraints. No one else did that…he did. Don’t blame the lighting, the officials, the fans, the mud, the other drivers for what ONE ticked off guy decided to do.

  • avengeflipper

    I have read so many posts about this topic. I feel like I’ve learned a ton about Nascar. Based on what I’ve seen, Tony Stewart was a hothead. So was the kid who got out of the car. Does that make him a killer? No.

    What would have happened if he’d tried to stop? He still would have hit Ward. Not only would he have hit the kid, but he would have caused a huge pile up injuring many other drivers. Tony was just out for quite some time because he’d caused a pile up.

    When watching the video it is clear the initial accident happens behind Stewart and mirrors many other wrecks that happen. I really don’t think he expected Ward to get close to his car like that.

    • Kyle Bender

      Sprint cars are not I repeat are not nascars

  • John Dunai

    Stewart was part of the initial accident. He was aware and looking ahead for what had happened. Not seeing is very unlikely. It is ludicrous to think a professional driver or any driver know you have been a part of an accident and race around directly into the accident you were just a part of. The other drivers swerving was not part of the initial accident.

    • amdriven

      The #14 never touched the #13 car. The #13 ran out of track, and hit the wall.

      • John Dunai

        Why do you think Ward was angry with stewart? For ward it was either hit the car or hit the wall. Common sense the race is a ruthless game. Stewart knew he forced the 20 year pad over and into the wall. Stewart is guilty and you will see

        • Tara Jones

          You obviously know nothing about how these cars operate. And you obviously need help ….seriously…..

        • amdriven

          Or, Ward could take his foot off of the throttle and give room to the passing #14.

    • amdriven

      Of course the #13 was upset. I’ll wager this kind of thing has happened to him before, it’s part of racing dirt track. As for “not seeing is unlikely”, well have you seen from the seat of a Sprint Car (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXjzuaEDPs4 ) Also, drivers take this time during cautions to do a check list of sorts. One on the list is removing a tear off from their face shields, check gauges, adjust seat belts. And, drive the car.

      The person with the best view of where cars were on the track was Ward. Notice how he stayed high on the track as the higher cars came past? Then turned right and went down the track to the level HE saw the next 2 cars coming at him.

      The #14 was 1.5 seconds behind the #45. The #45 was blocking the view of the #14. (after all, they were just coming out of a corner) As close as Ward was to the #45 car, the #14 had 1.5 seconds to discern 1. there was a driver on the track 2. do something about it.

      Oh, and the #45 car had 2.5 seconds of clear view and he came very close to hitting Ward.

      • John Dunai

        You are disregarding stewart turns his wheels to squeeze ward into the wall. You disregard stewart knew the accident happened. In your conclusion stewart couldn’t see the track ahead. What can anyone tell you? Swart cut him off. Stewart knew the accident was up a head. There was a white flag. Oh and stewart a professional driver than kills a man. In your opinion it was an oopsie

        • Tara Jones

          WRONG. TS had his line and followed it, Ward did not back off and got himself into the wall. He tried to pass/push TS down the track, but TS was AHEAD OF HIM and could NOT see him….and it doesn’t matter. Welcome to racing! Ward tried to create an opportunity to pass TS where one didn’t exist. There was no WHITE flag…WHITE flag is for the “last lap” of the race….a YELLOW means “caution” and get slowed down…you can hear the cars motoring down. RED means stop your cars. In the PROFESSSIONAL opinions of the investigators, it was an “oopsie” as well. Ward ran into traffic…who does that???? IF TS was trying to hit him, being a pro, how did he NOT hit him head on? Get real….

          • John Dunai

            Look and see stewart turn into ward to cut off ward before ward hit the wall. That started ward’s anger. Stewart plays dirty welcome to Nascar. OK we get it. The reason stewart will be found guilty, he knew there was an accident. He caused it. He did not hit him head on because he caused the seen ward. corroborated by Paul Kinney a dirt racer that had seen ward on the track and avoided ward. Get real stewart knew, and saw ward.

        • amdriven

          First, since you caught me disregarding the steering tire direction of the #14 car. You must be very knowledged on how Sprint cars turn at high speeds. But I also see the #13 car’s steering tires turning the same direction. And, in the above video I posted, I see the car doing the same thing in the corners. Will you enlighten me on why they do this?

          • John Dunai

            Did you see that as they came around the turn there was plenty of room to stewarts left? He used the entire turn as he was passing ward on the inside? In the high speed race the only way stewart can get by is to cut off ward. That is what I sum up from what you are saying. It is a dirty game is what I am saying. Stewart knew what he did. Cutting off Ward. Stewart caused Ward to crash. And you dont think that at all. The boy got angry over what Stewart did, and you give Stewart a pass. No problems here. That isnt the problem, it is when Stewart came back around. You are giving Stewart a pass as though this was Stewart’s first altercation. What a saint stewart is? In your eyes.

  • dank

    if you look at the video real close it looks like the previous car may have touch/hit him because it looks like he lost his footing or balance maybe Kevin lost his footing and Tony tried to avoid Kevin but could not do anything about it and hit him

  • usaok59

    I heard that Stewart was behind another car and didn’t see anything until jut before the impact.

    • Billy Knight

      if you watch the video there is a blue and white car that barely misses Kevin and then Tony comes into frame almost directly behind that car. While I haven’t seen the view from Tony’s GoPro that he usually uses it is a pretty good bet he didn’t see him until he was only a few yards or less away.

      • ArthurFrayne

        The driver of the 45 car says he didn’t see Kevin…but Kevin wasn’t positioning himself to be seen by the 45 car, he was positioning himself to be seen by Stewart. Conversely the driver of one of the other cars that passed by before the 45 said he’d ‘seen him clear as day and everyone else managed to not hit him’.

        • Tara Jones

          Arthur, what ‘everyone else” are you referring to? There was ONE other car before the 45 that avoided Ward Jr. ONE. And yeah he could see him ….there was no other cars blocking his view. 45 couldn’t see him b/c of the car in front of the 45…and TS didn’t see him b/c you CANT see out the right side and there was a big car (45) blocking his other view…duh.

  • Ed Jasper

    I have raced on oval tracks and there are several
    possibilities that may have come in to play here. First, these tracks are slick
    and banked. This may have caused Ward to get closer to Stewart’s car than he
    meant to. These cars are winged and provide limited vision for the driver. The
    car just in front of Stewart nearly hit Ward and he had more time to avoid him
    than Stewart had. These cars have over 700 hp engines and if Stewart saw Ward
    at the last second, he may have hit the gas to get past him, causing the car to
    fish-tail into the young man. It’s not as simple as it looks on film. Another thing with these cars is that you
    need to steer with the throttle because the front wheels really don’t do much,
    which is why you often see them coming out of turns with one or two front
    wheels in the air.

  • MarieJ27

    Ward, Jr., wasn’t thinking of anyone else but himself. The racers had to been surprised to see someone running on the race track. So was I.

  • Eve Hubbard

    I have been going to sprint races for many years. When you gun a sprint car engine everyone knows the back end slides up to the right. I think Tony was angry and wanted to teach Ward a lesson. I don’t think he wanted to injure him, I think he just wanted to scare him. Tony’s temper has not improved over the years. Ward is not the only driver to get out of his car on the track. Tony has done it many times over the years, but it is now time to force Tony to check his temper. Intentional…no, manslaughter…yes.

    • Ron Taylor

      well Eve put your glasses on and watch the video close you will see Tony’s wheels turned right now if have been at the track for many years answer this if you turn the front wheels right and blip the gas what happens? No one help her she is a freakin expert

      • Eve Hubbard

        Never claimed to be an expert, but I do believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion. And just to be clear, my brother in law has been driving sprint cars for 20 years and has been very successful.

    • Ron Taylor

      And why would Tony be angry? He didn’t hit the wall the kid got chased up the track when he got on the outside of Tony in the turn then he jumped the edge and turn himself SO WHY WAS TONY ANGRY????

      • Eve Hubbard

        Tony Stewart has always exhibited a nasty attitude. Yes, Tony doesn’t think anyone should question the way he drives, he has always said when he has put someone in the wall that they need to stay out of his way, I think he didn’t like be pointed out by Ward as being the driver who messed up. Been watching Tony since he started his career. He has always acted as if he is a better driver than everyone else and younger drivers have always been treated badly on the track by him. He feels they should get out of his way because he of course is a better driver and he has said so on camera. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether others agree or not.

        • politicaljules

          Actually you just described every driver in the Nascar sprint cup series. They all think that way, but it does not make them murderers.

          • Eve Hubbard

            No one said murder. If you have an accident on the street and someone dies you can be charged with unintentional manslaughter. Doesn’t make you a murderer. Ward was wrong to walk out on the track. He was 20 Tony is 43, and yet who has always set the bad example…Tony. So have other drivers. Tony could have killed someone by throwing his helmet at another driver. He has been lucky his temper never caused anything this serious in the past. He himself has said he has trouble controlling his temper. Watch his past interviews and behaviors, they speak for themselves. I will respectfully disagree with you on this issue. You have a right to your opinion as do I.

          • politicaljules

            Again, all the drivers have a temper and a hotheadedness that spills out when they are angry. We all do. As far as setting an example, Tony has set a great example for all young drivers and many are inspired by him. He has an incredible talent and has won championships in every racing series that he has participated in. He has build a racing empire complete with his own track, and racing team. He trains young drivers and he has many foundations that contributes millions to charity. The picture you have in your mind is not one that has accomplished all I have listed.

            However, just like Glenn, he is not perfect, nor are you or I. Tony has made mistakes in his career, but I have witnessed the incredible way tony has learned to move forward and not back. Drivers that have not been able to control their tempers and who set bad examples do not make it far in racing.

            I do not know Kevin Ward Jr. I do not know what kind of example he has set through his career or if he has a hot headed temper or not. Sadly, we will never know, but unfortunately it was the 20 year old that set a horrible example.

            The 43 year old has cooperated and did the right thing and has never shown anger toward Kevin Ward, nor has he come out in some angry rant against the young man blaming him for getting out of his vehicle and running into his car. If Tony was the vindictive hot head you say he is, then he is not acting like it.

            Tony is still trying to do the right thing. If he was such a bad example we would see that through this case with angry words, but he is not doing that. Regardless, I know Tony is going to blame himself. I would. This would haunt me, but I hope Tony’s heart can help him heal.

    • politicaljules

      You have to determine who was negligent in this case. In other words, who broke the rules that contributed to the tragedy? Kevin broke a very important safety rule and that is what contributed to his death. Getting out of the vehicle and onto the race track after an accident is one of the big rules they tell the drivers NOT to do unless you are on fire or in imminent danger. You have no idea if there is debris on the track, or cars dodging debris, or flammable fluid or other disabled vehicles that are not operating properly. Not only is visibility greatly impaired these cars do not have headlights either. Try driving down an unlit neighborhood street at night without head lights and have a child in dark clothing dart out in front of the car that is in front of you.

      Tony did not break any rules. He slowed the car down to caution speed and was following the rest of the pack that had slowed as well. The cars have one gear manual transmission. You shift, press the clutch and then the gas to keep the car going. It is not an automatic transmission where your foot presses constantly to maintain speed.

      These cars also do not have radios. It is highly likely Tony did not even know what contributed to the accident that caused Kevin to get angry. Even on the large NASCAR tracks the drivers do not have a clue what happened until after they see the replay. There was no spotter to tell Tony there was an angry driver coming for him on the track. So he really did not have any reason to premeditate a response to teach Kevin a lesson.

      Tony has never used his car to teach anyone as lesson. He respects the deadly power of these machines, and knows a sprint car is even more unpredictable. That kind of thought is so ridiculous, and too far fetched to even entertain. Tony has met rookies and other drivers in pit lane off the track to confront with angry words, but never has Tony been so violent to use a car as a weapon.

      Tony has lost his temper and walked out on pit road on a professional paved race track during a nascar race with a track that was more well lit that a professional football stadium That was a violation of the rules, and every driver that does that is breaking the rules. But I have never seen a driver walk out on a dirt track with these sprint cars racing by to confront another driver’s car. I am not saying it has not happened, but I have not seen it. It was the worst thing Kevin could have done, and I know it startled everyone to see him do that.

      I do not know Kevin Ward, but in retrospect it looks like it was his hot headedness that got him killed. Not Tony’s.

  • Ron Taylor

    Out of all the opinions I have read over the weekend I would have to say 80% have never been to a racetrack or even know the differance between a Cup car a sprint car or for that matter a late model. And whats worse is they are the same idiots that don’t even know how to drive down the interstate in a family car, so with that I will leave all you with your opinions but remember they are like Aholes and everyone has one

  • Cordie W. Glover Jr.

    Last night Tony Stewart hit and killed a young man while the
    caution flag was out. From what I seen so far, it looks like a deliberate
    accent. What I mean by this is Tony meant to scare Ward, but not hit him. But
    never mind that, the fact that ESPN has spent the whole morning talking about
    how his will hurt his career and his team is killing me. Not on menchon of the
    Ward and how his family is doing today. It reminds me of OJ killing two people,
    but it was all about OJ, not the victims and their family. For Tiger Woods, it
    was about golf and is he ever going win again, not that he ruined is family and
    he is a disgusting person. That is where we are in this country. If you are liked
    or famous who cares about the other guy. I pray for the Ward family.

    • Ron Taylor

      HUH????

    • DurangoJill

      I too, pray for the Ward family. I am praying for Tony & you Cordie as well. You are entitled to your opinion and that is that. Do not state that Tony meant to scare Ward as you do not know what was going on in Tony’s mind at that moment. Only Tony and God know. The whole “accident” is just terrible for everyone involved.

  • Nikki Williams

    I would really like to see someone in the media show the visual field that the driver has in these cars. The cars have wings on each side which I am sure reduce the field of vision. Then add in the factor of the driver having on a helmet with the visor down and then add in that it was at night and Ward was dressed in all black. Tony was also behind another car that also almost hit Ward. Also, the speed the car was traveling. I think if you consider all these factors you can believe Tony’s statement that he only saw a flash of the driver on the track and he would have had only had a split second to react after seeing him. I am sure Tony did not have the time to plot out what some are saying, that he was going to scare Ward to teach him a lesson out of anger. I don’t think Tony even knew Ward was out walking around the track. Really, the only people qualified to comment on this are the drivers who have experience with these cars. They are the ones who know how the cars handle and can explain what some people think is Tony gunning his engine is actually the way the car is steered. Too many people who do not know what they are talking about passing judgement, but what’s new about that?

    • joseywales2012

      People don’t care they don’t like Tony so He is guilty no matter what, just makes me mad people are so cruel to comment the way they do no wonder this country is falling apart. No moral values at all these days

    • amdriven

      Watch this video for a view from inside a Sprint car at night.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXjzuaEDPs4

      • NJBrat

        Thank you AMDriver for your view that the driver sees while driving one of these cars and at night as well. If others that are trying to judge Tony in this matter were to watch this video, they just might understand more clearly that circumstances are not the greatest for seeing good at night time and with someone in a black fire suit it would be almost impossible to see them.

        • amdriven

          The #14 was 1.5 seconds behind the #45. The #45 was blocking the view of the #14. (after all, they were just coming out of a corner) As close as Ward was to the #45 car, the #14 had 1.5 seconds to discern 1. there was a driver on the track 2. do something about it.

          Also, the #45 had 2.5 seconds of clear view and still had to maneuver to keep from hitting Ward. I would like to hear from the #45 and what he thought.

          • Jani Brown Price

            excellent point

        • John

          You know I hear so many people on here take about Tony and his angry. That is all nascar drivers. I mean who does not get wrecked I not get mad some react different then others but let’s face they love to race and they won’t to win. So if we won’t to talk about who was angry in this matter it was kevin not Tony. Kevin got out of his car when you are not suppose to do. He then chases Tony down on the track. So again I ask who was angry?? It was not Tony was it …. I have also heard Tony does this also, well you know you are right Tony has done this before and if Tony had this happen to him then he would be the one In the wrong period. But he has not. It is a rule period if you break it then you have to accept what happens to you… no matter who it is … my prays go out to Kevin Ward family and love ones may he rest in peace. Also my prays go out to Tony for this terrible tragedy…..

          • John

            I mean I don’t know if I am the only one that thinks like this… but I always look at what started the whole thing. And that was him being angry and getting out of his car period… It is a rule not to get out of your car for a reason. If he would have stayed in his car he would still be here and we would not even be talking about this… Whatever happen after him getting out of his car because he was angry he has to take responsibility for. Just like any other driver. And for anyone to say did it on purpose is plan crazy. Why would someone do that on purpose to have to live the rest of there Like thinking about it. But If you really think he did do it on purpose. Then go back up to the top of my comment . What started it ???? Him getting out of his CAR. If he did not get out of his car then he would have never got hit and we would not be talking about it today. What is wrong with people in today’s world always want to finger point about after the fact things. If you break the rule that they have in place for a reason and something happens you pay the piper no matter who you are. It was your actions that did it. Not no one’s else’s…..

      • patrick durbin

        That is from Knoxville the very best lighting is dirt racing. The track Tony was on wasn’t nearly as bright. Thanks. For the video it does show a view I would still like to see a better view out the right side of the car. Prayers for both families. Rip ward jr. Nothing but a tragic accident

      • Cathy Grimes

        THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THIS.. BONNIE AND YOU OTHER PEOPLE NEED TO WATCH THIS…..HMMMMM!!!!!

      • Nikki Williams

        Thank you for posting this video. I do wish the media would include this visual perspective when doing a story about the accident so people would understand the drivers do not have the same field of vision out of the race cars as one has out of a normal passenger car. The media has done some really unfair and uninformed reporting on this story.

    • ArthurFrayne

      The driver of one of the cars that passed Ward has said he’d ‘seen him clear as day’.

      • jgscroggins

        Quote your source, or don’t use it. Anything you post without verifiable proof is here-say. Plain and simple.

        What we do not see is the 12 previous laps before this incident. Were they bumpin’ and grinding for several laps or is this just the result of one driver’s opinion (Ward, Jr.)?

        I don’t have an opinion on this yet because not all the facts are available. Who knows, maybe then I won’t either, but at least I am waiting for the FACTS and not what that one fan that was over on the corner down there sawed it…

        Tragedy indeed. I only hope that Ward’s family can forgive Stewart for being partly responsible, and I truly hope that this does not eat at Tony for the rest of his life.

        Be patient. Get the facts. Be compassionate…two different families are dealing with a tragedy. They don’t need us adding to the noise…

      • amdriven

        And that is when Ward was high up on the track. Not when he had closed off half the track with his body.

  • frabn

    The idiot left his car, stormed out onto a racetrack, and charged at the car that hit him. Moron was asking for it.

    • db

      I agree!

    • jgscroggins

      frabn, no one asks to be killed. There is not one of us on here that has NEVER done something irrational. The unfortunate thing in this incident; it cost him his life.

      Anyone that performs at this level is not an “idiot” or a “moron.” Passionate? Yes. Irrational? Yes. Didn’t think it through? No, he did not.

      Tragic event no matter what side you hang your hat on…

  • Samantha H.

    Perspective from a female racer.

    Yes, a life was unfortunately cut short last night, but Kevin had no right to get out of his car to try and show his frustration towards another driver. There are safety measures in place for a reason, one being that unless your car is on fire or the safety crews have arrived, you do not get out of your car. And you certainly don’t get out after a spin so minor that you could have driven back to the pits and confronted the driver after the event.

    I’ve seen several posts by people who have zero interest in racing, quickly placing blame on Tony Stewart. Chances are, if this had happened with someone other than Tony, just another grassroots racer, we would have never heard about it. But because Tony is very well known as a racer, the spotlight is pointed directly at him.

    Winged sprint cars are monsters, high horsepower, agile, but have limited visibility. What most people don’t understand is that they are steered by using the throttle. Yes they still are turning the steering wheel, but while the cars are going left, the driver is working the throttle and actually turning the wheel right, almost like drifting. I firmly do not believe that Tony swerved towards Kevin intentionally. Kevin unfortunately was in the wrong for trying to be a hot head and show Tony his frustration in the middle of the track, with poor lighting, and a black helmet and drivers suit.

    This is tragic to the whole racing community. Not only was Kevin’s life cut tragically short, but Tony now has to live with this for the rest of his life. Tony is a very strong person, but this will weigh heavy on him. He did the right thing by not participating in today’s nascar race at Watkins Glen.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole racing community.

  • John Dunn

    I am a former race car driver, and now work as a track official. Being a former driver, I can assure you that even while driving slow, like under a caution flag, race cars do not react the way a street car does. As the guy on the phone said, dirt race cars are designed to turn left ONLY. Drivers have to hold the wheel to the right to keep the car going straight. Whenever the throttle is hit, the car immediately will try to turn left. Hence, why the back end of Stewart’s car kicked out.
    Now, as a track official, I have never been to a race track where a driver is allowed to get out of his/her car. Most tracks have a severe fine, if not a disqualification and suspension if a driver gets out of their car. This tragedy is the EXACT reason why that rule is in place!

    • ArthurFrayne

      The back end kicked out because of the dead driver under the right rear wheel.

      • ron

        i seen that too the car didnt turn right til after it had hit him

    • Jani Brown Price

      Thanks for this good info!

  • Margaret Lauer

    There is no way Tony tried to hurt, much less kill, Kevin Ward. Some people are talking about Tony’s hot temper, but he had no reason to be upset with Ward. Ward acted very impulsively and broke a track rule by exiting his car (not even waiting for the safety crew to reach him) and it cost him his life. You had a very dark track and a young man in a black fire suit standing in the middle of a muddy track. The car that past just before Tony had to veer left to miss Kevin Ward and I doubt that Tony saw him until the very last moment. Haters are saying he intentionally hit Kevin Ward, but there’s no way Tony would do anything like that. He wouldn’t deliberately act so impulsively and ruin his racing career. Tony Stewart is not my NASCAR driver but I’ve watched him for many years and just can’t see him ever doing such a thing intentionally. I agree with Glenn that he needs to get back in the car immediately or he may never race again and that would mean the loss of a great talent..

    • ArthurFrayne

      “he had no reason to be upset with Ward.” no, just some smart-ass young punk admonishing him as he came around the track – what’s to be upset with? I have supported Tony for years, sometimes doing a face-palm at some of the stupid things he’s done, but still remaining a fan. Based on his reputation it is all-too within his character to have sent Ward a message that unfortunately went horribly wrong. That’s not to say he tried to hit Kevin, but wanted to just let him know he didn’t appreciate being admonished. I am gutted for Wards family AND for Tony. Even if he didn’t try to send a message, Kevin was just emulating what he sees in NASCAR by drivers like… Tony Stewart.

      • jgscroggins

        Speculation…no facts in anywhere.

  • shanaldo3

    I would like to thank Glenn and the compassionate race fans on his site that are TELLING you folks that don’t know how this works. They are correct. Every driver of any race – be it Sprint cars (dirt), roundy round tracks, Nascar, Nationwide, Truck series, Pro-Mods, F1, Indy Cars, MotoGP – each driver signs a waiver – so they know exactly how dangerous it can be. Tony had to sign a release – as did Mr. Ward. Yes…he was 20…but he knew the danger. He let his temper get the best of him – AND IT KILLED HIM.He died doing what HE loved…Rest In Peace. Tony will surely be haunted by this for life – He OWNS Eldora raceway – a dirt track. NOW…please!!!!! Have some respect!

  • brm373

    The decision by Ward Jr. to step on to the track cost Ward Jr. his life, enough said

    • Elena

      I know nothing abt racing other than the cars go fast. It would seem highly stupid to get out of a broken car and charge a working one. It would seem more intelligent to get out of the broken car and wait for emergency crews before exiting toward the infield of the track, unless you had a huge margin to run into the infield w/o risking being hit.

  • deadeye10

    I’ve watched this video several times, and as a moderate racing fan who has been driving vehicles for over 50 years, I cannot see a single thing that Tony Stewart did wrong, starting with the initial accident. If anything, from what I can see, Ward was responsible for the initial accident, and it certainly does not look like, nor can I believe, that Stewart would intentionally try to hit him.

    It was a tragic accident fully the fault of Ward on all levels, but Stewart will have this on his conscience the rest of his life, regardless of the fact that he is faultless from what I can tell. I have a great deal of compassion for the family of Ward, but also just as much for Stewart and his family.

  • politicaljules

    Thank you Glenn for speaking out with words of kindness. The entire race family is hurting and I hope we can unite in the face of such. Evil is trying to take hold and divide us to place blame and to incite hatred. I think the right thing to do is join together to help healing. I don’t know what to do to help Tony, or Kevin’s family, but I do want them to know I will pray for healing and for peace.

  • Jerry OConnor

    Obviously these cars are just to dangerous to drive at low speed, under caution I guess in the interest of safety if there is a wreck on track the other drivers should just STOP ! But the big question is how can these guys race at 60 or 80 MPH in a 4 wheel drift and only hit occasionally but at 20 or 25 they can’t see a person just a few feet away ? Maybe Tony has a night blindness condition, he is in his 40s. Or maybe if you are under caution and don’t feel as if you can see things adequately you should STOP or follow the car in font of you, generally these cars do follow along in the same tracks as the one in front of them, even at speeds in excess of 200 MPH.

    • AJ_Olding

      Because a person is much smaller than a car, dressed in black, and light doesn’t reflect off of a person.

      Also, these cars are racing at around 150MPH. Half mile track with lap times between 13 and 14 seconds. That’s much faster than 80 mph. When Tony hit the guy he was doing somewhere between 40 and 60 mph. These cars do not stop immediately and he saw the yellow for somewhere between 1/4 to 3/4 of a lap, so there is a good chance he was closer to 60 than 40 still.

      “Or maybe if you are under caution and don’t feel as if you can see things adequately you should STOP”
      And create even more danger? Have you ever watched a race? Any class any division? Have you ever seen a motor sports event at all?

      “or follow the car in font of you”
      That’s what he did. He was about half a car width further up the track than the 45, which is not uncharacteristic. They don’t follow each other in a perfect line. He was not very far up the track.

      “generally these cars do follow along in the same tracks as the one in front of them, even at speeds in excess of 200 MPH.”
      Because at those speeds staying in clean air allows you to go faster and maintain fuel, and in some classes, protect the tires. There is no draft with a sprint car.

      • Jerry OConnor

        Maybe it would be safer and better for everyone if Tony played shuffle board, that’s what old people do. Or maybe he should just drive cars on pavement the cars are easier to control.

        • AJ_Olding

          I don’t know if you know this or not, but both Steve Kinser, one of the all time greatest sprint car drivers and still really good, and Sammy Swindell, arguably the best sprint car driver currently, are both older than Tony Stewart by more than a decade. Tony is 43. That’s not that old.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    I don’t think Glenn and the gang analyzed this correctly, considering what I’ve heard from actual dirt-track drivers that have chimed in around the ‘net, but they ultimately came to the correct judgement on the matter, I feel.

  • wally

    Three things happened ignorance, arrogance, and stupidity.
    First off ignorance for thinking he had no throttle pedal and could not let off, Tony’s car never touched him.
    Arrogance for wanting to be the 20 year old that stood up to tony Stewart.
    Stupidity for getting out of the car.
    I am not a tony Stewart fan but I don’t hate him and in no way do I think he would risk everything he has worked for for something like this.
    It’s a tragedy for both sides and could have been avoided.

  • thesunisup

    They spend the money to keep you safe inside the car. Safety of drivers follows speed. Restraints are bolted inside to restrain the driver. A 20 year old driver, saved from one crash by restraints throws the restraints off and charges cars aimed at him. Wearing only the protection of a race suit, and without the barrier of even a car around him, he confronts 4 cars with his mouth and bare hands to ? what?.

    One has to ask, as I’m sure his family will, what did he expect to do? But then I’m very certain his family has seen Ward practice this behavior before in the privacy of his own home. The emotionally too young to drive 20 yr old’s temper should be a warning to all parents, spouses, friends, employers and sponsors.

    He could have taken as many as 4 other drivers with him.

    • Tara Jones

      …..and countless fans if he created/caused an accident that sent cars n parts flying everywhere.
      My daughter darted out in the street when she was a high school freshman. Some older guy hit her..bumped her really, but hit her. SHE was cited for darting in front of HIS car. SHE paid a hefty fine out of HER savings for being foolish and in a hurry.
      I’m pretty sure at every pre-race driver’s meeting, they are reminded there is no temper-induced “jay-walking” permitted on the tracks. I’m 99.99% sure I have heard that at my son’s go-kart racing track too!

  • RLP

    I disagree Glenn. He might not get charged and maybe he shouldn’t but I think he did see him just like all the people in the stand did from much further away and the car in front of Stewart did. Racers know that when they cause someone to wreck that they are probably going to hear it from the one they got into it with and often times right now and on the track so Stewart was looking ahead to see the car that he just had the brush up with and I would bet anything he saw. When the kid approached Tony’s car to give him the business Tony did what many many racers do in that situation and they give the business back. Since they don’t have horns they rev their engines and these cars don’t have clutches they are in gear all the time. So Tony punched it to show his displeasure with the kid and it either helped the kid misjudge the distance between him and the wide back tire or the car jacked sideways to the right which is what they do and the back tire hit the kid and killed him by accident. That is exactly how one of the eyewitnesses described and saying it was an accident. This particular eye witness was a driver who drives at this track but was in the stands for this race. So if either of these scenarios are true then Tony could fall into the definition of involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide. If your actions contribute to the death of a person whether intentional or not then you may have been at least negligent in your actions. I believe that if the driver who witnessed it and gave this account along with the video I have seen is accurate then Tony’s actions fit this. Of course he will not be charged because people just can’t bring themselves to do that to a Tony Stewart and it would be terrible but truth and law mean something and his status or popularity or the future of the sport should play no roll in the investigation at all. The Sherriff has spoken so I guess he felt there was not enough evidence to charge TS with a crime. But TS knows whether he goosed his car to send a message or not and charges or not will not change that.

    • AJ_Olding

      There is a good chance Stewart never saw the wreck. You can’t see behind you in those things. Ward’s front left hit Tony’s back right and he spun. Tony probably felt the rub, but there is a good chance he did not know it caused a wreck.

    • politicaljules

      I disagree with you. Most drivers do not know what happened in an accident until after they see the replay. Most drivers do not confront a car with their body for retaliation. I have never seen a driver use a car to teach a pedestrian driver a lesson. I have never seen Tony use his car as a weapon against a person walking on the track. I have seen drivers lean their cars on each other. But when tony has something to say to you he will say it to you in person. He is not going to hit you with his car or reve his engine as he drives by you standing there. That is irresponsible, and most drivers have more sense than that…

      • RLP

        You have taken everything and added your twist to what I said making your reply ignorant. But I will clarify anyway. I never said he confronted a car with his body. If you have been to Saturday Night racing or even watched Nascar at all then you have seen drivers stay on the track to berate their opponent even throwing helmets at cars. Often times they will get close to the approaching car to make sure they are seen by the driver but not to physically take on the car. (goofy) Most drivers in a huge pile up do not know what happened but in a two car altercation they know the other driver WILL be pissed and after they got into each other side by side against the wall the caution came out and Tony knew full well why because he has been driving since he was a kid. (wise up). You have no idea if in dirt track racing on Saturday night if Tony Stewart revs his engine to show disgust with the other driver involved or not but many others do this it is not an unusual practice if you would get out of the house and go to Saturday night races you might know. Tony Stewart has done A LOT of stupid things in anger on the track with his car. I DO NOT think it was intentional but an ignorant mistake that cost the kid his life. This what I believe. You believe what you want.

        • amdriven

          The #14 car never touched the #13 car. How would the #14 know which car behind him wrecked? (No rearview mirrors on Sprint cars)

          • Tara Jones

            And completely obstructed view of the right side of the car as well…..

        • Tara Jones

          “You have no idea if in dirt track racing on Saturday night if Tony Stewart revs his engine to show disgust with the other driver involved or not but many others do this it is not an unusual practice if you would get out of the house and go to Saturday night races you might know…”
          First of all, sprints n stocks are totallllllly different! The throttle helps steer the car, those cars are NOT designed to just go straight and turn right…only to turn left.
          Take your own advice and go to some sprintcar races…EDUCATE yourself. Then you will understand what professionals investigating have already said: No intent shown.

  • Mathew Axtell

    people who race cars for a living know what could happen when they get on the track. that man should have stay in the car till safety crew got there. I feel bad that a man died at the race but I don’t think it was Stewart’s fault. Tony Stewart is a bad ass racecar driver and I think that what happen was not intentional

    • Jerry OConnor

      I think people will now stay in their cars, and if they are on fire they will probably hide behind them knowing another driver could potentially come by and run you over, hell I would ! I would jump over the wall and haul ass to my trailer in the pit area ! “Have at it Boys?” has a new meaning now.

  • Jerry OConnor

    I thought they had radios in their cars and even in some cases a video camera, wouldn’t someone have told him there was a problem ahead ?

    • rydermike

      NO radio’s in sprint cars

  • Furious

    Now Stewart has to live with this for the rest of his life just because the hot headed kid got outta the car.

  • Jerry OConnor

    Poor Tony, the only car in the field (of maybe 20 cars?) who could NOT get past a person on track. Everyone else seemed to find enough room to get past the “kid” and by the way, wouldn’t you stop after running someone over ?

    • amdriven

      He did stop. And as for room, Ward walked down the track closing the amount of room to drive by. And the #14 was only the second car to drive by with that remaining amount of room. Not 20.

      • Tara Jones

        exactly amdriven! Im not a TS fan, even a NASCAR fan at all. But y family is very involved in dirt track racing..Williams grove, Selinsgrove, Port Royal, Lincoln, Trailways, even some out in Eldora and Knoxville. Yes, some up in NY too. To see ANY DRIVER being crucified for the foolishness of another driver by a public who is CLUELESS makes me want to puke. Shame on you all for making this tragedy a witch hunt.

    • Tara Jones

      He Did stop…watch the end of the video. What “everyone else”??? WATCH THE VIDEO…only 2 other cars passed the kid running around the track like a lunatic.,and 45 BARELY missed him! If you think TS deliberately tried to mow the kid down, how did he end up hit with the right rear instead of getting hit head on by TS? After all, TS is pro…he should have been able to avoid thi I your own inference. So am I correct that my impression is you believe hedi this on purpose? If yes, then tell me HOW he hit with the right rear (that he cannot even see inside the car) and not the front or even right front? Geesh…..

      • Jerry OConnor

        I guess I just don’t know much about auto racing, however I have never thought or said TS intentionally ran this young man down. I don’t know where you get the idea that the victim was a lunatic ? It seems like anyone who disagrees with the conventional wisdom of this is some how personally attacked. There may have been more he could have done to mitigate the damages.

        • amdriven

          The #45 car only had 2.5 seconds of clear view to miss Ward standing on the track. After he swerved to miss him, that left the #14 car with 1.5 seconds to react to what now is on the track. Conventional wisdom says what about this?

          • Jerry OConnor

            I guess I would say you need to have very good or great reflexes to be a race car driver, if a driver can’t react to avoid something at caution speeds how can they react at speeds 4 or 5 times faster than caution lap speeds? My point about conventional wisdom is merely the fact that anyone who questions TS’s actions needs to be in the position that the only reason TS raced at this venue was to intentionally kill this young driver, I don’t think that is the case or even a rational argument. I think cars ahead of TS moved left to avoid an obstacle, and I know that the (mostly) natural reaction to seeing you may run your vehicle into an object is to turn away from that object, and apply the brakes, now the vehicles may need to stay on the racing surface, however I have seen cases where an alert driver has gone into the infield, and or through grass or even down the pit lane to avoid an incident. I didn’t from the video see much evasive maneuvering. Not being judgmental just an observation.

          • amdriven

            At caution speeds, you follow the car in front of you. The #14, by looking at the video, appears to only be, maybe, half the car width from being directly behind the #45. Thus, the #14 was right where he should have been.

            Maybe, and this is just a big guess, but might the #14 moved over that half a car to make sure he wasn’t going to hit anything. He sees the car up on the fence, and suddenly the car in front of him swerves to miss something and the #14 is left high and dry. 1.5 seconds isn’t much time to react, let alone discern that a driver is now in his path.

  • SheNemo

    Tony DID speed up, looked intentional to me…………my opinion!

    • Tara Jones

      Your opinion is based on an ignorance of how these cars are maneuvered and controlled, that’s why.

      • SheNemo

        WELLLLL, how rude, crude and socially unacceptable you are miss tara brains……?????

    • amdriven

      At what point did the #14 “speed up” ?

    • Kyle Bender

      And you’ve been in how many sprint car races?

  • Tokcha Romero

    We are a dirt track racing family. From the video angle, it doesn’t appear that Stewart and Ward hit. You have to realize these cars race close, very close, but it does not appear there was impact to Stewart’s car before Ward’s car went into the fence. Therefore, Stewart would be coming around on the next lap having no idea that this young man was going to be charging up the track, on foot, toward him. Sprint racers do not have spotters to warn them of such things like this. It was dark, and Ward was dressed in a black fire suit with a black helmet. All the talk about Stewart’s temper; remember this young man was out of his car. He was not a rookie, He was the one displaying uncontrolled anger. Sprint racing is one of the highest classes of dirt racing. He had been in this class for awhile. He should have known better. Very sad for all involved, but not deliberate, not a reason to publicly crucify Stewart. Is it because the public sees him as the “rich, spoiled” guy? Remember this 20 year old was in a car that the engines cost upwards of $30,000. Not a poor mans sport for anyone involved. Maybe the fault lies with the fact that anymore, we don’t want to give our youth time to grow to maturity. Having the money and the talent doesn’t guarantee the maturity to deal with highly emotional issues. At any rate this is sad and tragic for all of racing and more so for those directly involved. Prayers to all.

    • Avspatti

      Why did he get out of his car? Is that the right thing to do?

  • Billy Knight

    There truly is a first time for everything. I never thought I’d agree with anything Glenn Beck had to say. But seriously, show the man some compassion. Any one of us who drives a car could accidentally run over and kill someone. You wouldn’t expect to be ridiculed or accused of maliciousness and he doesn’t deserve that either.
    And for whoever asked the media to show a drivers POV from the cockpit of one of these cars… mind you this view is in daylight and lacking the thick film of dirt the helmet visor would have.

    • Billy Knight

      And this one shows a picture of the visor with what I’d estimate is about 5 laps worth of dirt on it.

      • Billy Knight

        I’m assuming the photos have to be vetted by someone to ensure nothing graphic or inappropriate is posted but when they are approved you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    • amdriven
      • Billy Knight

        thank you, this shows just how visually impaired a driver is by the dirt, the bright lights, and the general design of the car itself so well

        • amdriven

          Did you notice at 3:36 the driver was following another car after a caution? How the view is impaired? At 4:33, during a caution, the driver removes a tear off? Drivers have things they do during caution laps.

      • Kyle Bender

        Once again thank you people just don’t get how stupid it was for him to get out of the car they water and roll the track to make it grippy enough to keep the cars on but in shoes it’s like ice kinda very slick now once the track drys out some and only in the corners mainly will you get grip in shoes and Knoxville has way better lighting then this track

  • Todd A Long

    If you watch closley you can see Tony’s Steer tires are pointed left before he goosed the throttle, and he let off of the throttle to recover from the hit. I beleive its not intentional, although what went on in the race previously that brought Ward out of his car and onto the track to confront Tony? We may never know.

  • rydermike

    1) Dimly lit race track 2) Driver in black suit & helmet step onto a dark racing surface , not staying to the side , but going in the lanes 3) car with little outward visibility , especially to the right side , probably with some degree of mud on the visor 4) a car with an “in & out ” gearbox , NO clutch either you go or stall 5) probably 4 inches or more of tagger. 6) 900+ Horsepower that does not idle well , and modulating the throttle is a requirement under yellows. 7)Also race drivers tend to look where they want the car to go and not where it’s going , besides the car in front was obscuring that view as well. 8) We have yet to be shown a picture from an angle where we could see the kid’ body at the moment of impact , considering it is a slick racing urface he may had slipped into the car as well.

  • Marideth Henby

    You never get out of the car unless you are on fire. That is a huge huge safety issue and this is why. I mean what the probability he had a concussion or a broken bone?

  • recipefile

    Geezum…I was driving a plain old ordinary car on a 35 mph dry asphalt road going home from work late one night. A dark-skinned man dressed in black was crossing the street…startled the buhjeebies outta me!! I was nearly upon him before I even noticed him, and my vision was not the least bit impaired by safety gear and gadgets. Drove on filled with gratitude for having not hurt this fellow…I can only imagine how small a window there was to react to the situation on the track.

  • Shawn

    For people calling Kevin an idiot, show some respect. A sister lost her brother and a mother and father have to bury their son. Don’t be so cold and heartless. It’s terrible for everyone that was involved. Be respectful for his family. People today have no respect for anyone or anything.

  • Pat Malone

    Sorry several other drivers that are nowhere near the quality of driver that Tony Stewart is managed to miss him… I think it was an accident but I also think Tony was trying to get close to him in an “how dare this young buck call me out”, moment… Accident to hit and kill him but not an accident to confront him…

    • amdriven

      Those several drivers were also higher on the track, which is why Ward stayed high on the track. He came down the track to the level HE saw the next 2 cars were driving. The #45 and the #14.

      Ward had the best view of where the cars were. The drivers didn’t have that luxury.

    • Tara Jones

      2 not several. First car Ward wasn’t even close to yet. #45 darn near hit him. He stalked further down the track (towards the bottom or inner part of the track) to get at TS’s car. How the hades can you think TS was at fault for the display of STUPID TEMPER of another driver?!?!??! That same driver who wrecked his own car trying to create a space to pass that wasn’t there…then that same driver who foolishly broke the rules and GOT OUT OF HIS CAR to storm around like a lunatic. How the hades is this not his own dame fault???

  • Jim

    If someone walks out onto a busy highway and gets hit and killed, the police would most likely call it suicide. Stewart had a fraction of a second to react. I believe he attempted to swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian who should not have been there, but didn’t have enough time.

  • 1pappap

    It happened on the back stretch which at local tracks are always the worst lit part of the track, the driver was wearing black and young Mr. Ward getting out of his car just added to the recipe for disaster.

  • Mike Bolender

    Makes sense. If I saw a child in the road I would hit the throttle and cut the wheel as opposed to braking. Wtf?

    • Ken Henry

      These cars don’t react that quickly especially at slower speeds. Learn about the sport before you open your mouth!!!

      • Mike Bolender

        You push throttle the center if gravity moves straight while back end kicks out to drift. He was most likely trying to throw dirt on Ward and didn’t realize how close Ward was until last second. I bet The whole Ward family wishes he’d tried his brakes “at slower speeds” instead of the throttle. Learn physics before you open you trash trap!!!

  • Rebekah Hansens Bonis

    What a terrible tragedy. I will not speculate as to what happened. We don’t always have to find someone to punish when a terrible thing happens, especially if they didn’t do anything wrong or they couldn’t prevent something. Sometimes terrible things happen.

  • Susan Lee Mccaffity

    Thank you Glenn. This is something I believe was an accident because any of those drivers coming around could have him at any time . I think the fact that Tony was the one coming around at that time was an accident and I don’t believe Tony did it intentionally. My prayers are with Tony because he will have to live with this. Pressing charges will not help anyone

  • Shaun Denzinger

    I have yet to read anyone say anything about the fact that Tony Stewart had no reason to be angry with Ward, unless something had happened in the laps leading up to the incident which were not shown on the videos. Too many people on social media are so quick to throw out their uneducated opinion that he “MURDERED” or ” INTENTIONALLY HIT HIM” When 98 percent of the people commenting have never driven a race car of any kind at any point in their lives unless you consider them driving their parents Toyota Camry home at 100 mph after watching Fast and Furious 6, “Racing Experience.” A bunch of know it all idiots. Have some consideration for the fact that a family just lost their Son, Brother, Nephew, and Grandchild. And another man’s life has been forever scared by the events that took place that night. I still don’t understand why people feel the needed to be ignorant behind a blog name to make themselves feel good. I guarantee 7 out of 10 people leaving stupid remarks don’t have the balls to say them in person, and the other 3 would only for the fact that they are borderline retarded. My sympathy and prayers go out to the Ward Family, and Tony Stewart in this time when they all need it.

  • Kent Griffee

    It’s hard for me to imagine any driver would intentionally run down another driver. I think it was a terrible accident. Kevin Ward Jr. should not have been dodging cars trying to confront Tony Stewart in the middle of a racetrack. If he thought Stewart put him into the wall then he should have waited until after the race to address it. With so much going on inside a race car, I don’t think Stewart saw him until the last second. Very very sad all the way around.

  • Mark

    I would first like to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin Ward Jr family friends, and fans. I also have prayers for Tony Stewart and any one else affected by this tragic accident. First of all Kevin Ward Jr is not an idiot or dumb ass as I have seen many people post. This young man was passionate about is racing and unfortunately let his emotions get the best of him and paid dearly for it with his life. A lot of drivers have done the exact same thing including Tony Stewart. The best way to handle this in the future no matter what series the drivers are racing in is suspended a driver for the next point race. Parking a driver is more detrimental than fining them, make no exceptions to this rule. To any of you who have questioned if Tony Stewart did this on purpose, I can assure you he did not. Look at all he would have to lose. If any one is wondering how he did not see him in time just look at your oven window and imagine setting in a car with twice that view and going around 80mph in circles with clay flying up around you at night with very low lighting and a driver not suppose to be there in that area at all. Not to mention that the car in front of him almost hit Kevin also. Another scenario for any doubters is just imagine driving in the fog at night and there is bicyclist on the edge of the road you might not see them in time. You would as Tony did have a blink of an eye to see that person, could you avoid hitting them? Prayers for everyone involved in this tragic accident.

  • Johnst

    Never been a Tony Stewart fan but I watched the video of it before even seeing the analysis, Tony WAS trying to get his car out of the way. It was all he could do.

    Sad as can be the Kevin died in this but he was absolutely stupid for getting down that close to the traffic after his crash… Tony did NOT hit him on purpose.

    And again, I know Tony’s history very well and am NO fan. he did NOT hit him on purpose in this. Period.

  • John

    You know I hear so many people on here take about Tony and his angry. That is all nascar drivers. I mean who does not get wrecked I not get mad some react different then others but let’s face they love to race and they won’t to win. So if we won’t to talk about who was angry in this matter it was kevin not Tony. Kevin got out of his car when you are not suppose to do. He then chases Tony down on the track. So again I ask who was angry?? It was not Tony was it …. I have also heard Tony does this also, well you know you are right Tony has done this before and if Tony had this happen to him then he would be the one In the wrong period. But he has not. It is a rule period if you break it then you have to accept what happens to you… no matter who it is … my prays go out to Kevin Ward family and love ones may he rest in peace. Also my prays go out to Tony for this terrible tragedy…..

  • John

    Let’s me ask a question if Tony hit the gas and kevin was in his car. Would kevin still be here ??? Yes. So again I say everything that happen from the time any racer gets out of his car and breaks the rules that they have in place they take full responsibility for period good or bad… I mean if you break the law you have to pay the price whatever it is right ???? If anything what I read on here is right. The people that make these rules are at fault… For the reason if racers break the rule as serious as it is they should not get no warnings. It should be a automatic fine period…. Then drivers might get the hint to stay in your car period. And if they still don’t stay In there car… They like I said you break the rules you pay the price whatever it is

    • Mike Bolender

      And if Tony hits the breaks instead of the gas, Ward is also still alive today.

      • amdriven

        If Tony hit the brakes instead, he still would have slid into Ward. The track is slick. What happens when you hit the brakes on slick roads in your car?

        • Kyle Bender

          Thank you as a former driver Ward is at fault for his own death he should never have stepped foot outta his cage till they towed him off also in new footage that’s been enhanced and slowed and zoomed ward grabbed Stewarts wing on top like he was gonna rip it off and fell under the car

  • C Smits

    Hi Bonnie, if Tony Stweart has anger issues why the hell did Kevin get out of the car…..he was the one that had lost the plot if only he’d stayed in the car he’d still be alive today. So don’t go off saying that Tony Stewart has anger problems and NO he didn’t hit him intentionally.

  • deltainny

    Motor racing is dangerous. Open wheels (no fenders) have their own hazards. Making it more so by ignoring SAFETY RULES is plain stupid. Things happen very fast at racing speeds. The best night lighting is not nearly as good as daylight. Wearing dark clothes makes your visibility less. Get off the track, don’t run onto it.
    I have been knocked out of races before. Who knows if it was intentional or accidental? No one knows the heart of a person except God and that person.
    I am not a car racing fan, but I do know that Tony Stewart loves racing. That’s why he was competing at small-time amateur Canandaigua on a big NASCAR weekend. I have never known a racer that would intentionally injure another racer.

  • Scarlett Buckland

    The tale is in the tape. Spector who were there verbally reacted to what they saw. They saw Tony deliberately s were his car close enough to scare him to death. It was a threat the turned fatal. He has done it before.

  • turtle

    I don’t buy it…. I don’t think he intentionally hit him… but no other car gunned it and the blue car in front who almost hit him as well didn’t gun it….. I think Tony gunned it to spin out dirt on him (because Tony is an ASS) he just mis judged and was too close…. that is not called murder… but it is called manslaughter…. sorry fans… wrong is wrong he KNEW there was a wreck and where it was…. of any of the drivers he knew and should have been far from it and taken it slow….. also…. the kid shouldn’t have been on the track… but that doesn’t give tony a green light to be an ass…

  • Barry O’Kenya

    I hate to say this. After reviewing and reviewing this clip it’s clear that Stewart goosed the accelerator to cause the rear of the car to slip a bit to the left, basically sideswiping Ward. Considering Stewart’s past and his problems with rage on the track, I will always be convinced that this was an intentional act with no regard for the consequences… just like all his other outbursts of rage.

    • amdriven

      Left meant AWAY from Ward, who at that very moment was on the #14’s right. (you can’t see Ward at that moment) Thanks for pointing that out for us.

    • Megalith

      Another genius ignoring the laws of physics. Enjoy your lifelong ride on the shortbus.

  • R Jay Sears

    Pit road speed limits exist because Ricky Rudd came in too hot and spun around into one of Bill Elliott’s tire changers, killing him I believe or at least seriously injuring him…..Not Rudd’s fault!……Nor is a fellow driver walking and standing in oncoming RACE traffic being accidentally hit the fault of the driver that hit him……Lots of useful information being shared by actual racers and a lot of hysteria-driven speculation by too many others!

  • Paul Cline

    I do not believe Tony would do this on purpose… The fact that drivers get upset and storm down the track to confront another is something they see their “heroes and leaders of other racing do quite frequently. This has been happening at race tracks all over the country for as long as I can remember.
    If Tony Stewart can throw his helmet at another car, or other drivers get out of their cars on super speedways and have their “drama moment”, why wouldn’t the younger drivers that are influenced by these “mature experienced” drivers want to do the same? The evidence is not all in yet, investigation continues. I personally would not doubt that Tony was trying to give the young man some “chin music” as it’s called in baseball to back him off and it went terribly wrong. He did not intend to hit him, but he did hit and kill him. Now he has to live with that.

    I’m sure the repercussions are just beginning for Tony Stewart…

    • amdriven

      Most times, when a driver gets out on the track, the safety crew is at the scene already.

  • Cathy Grimes

    Not a fan favorite, BUT don’t think He would have done intentionally. Kevin should have NEVER got out of his car. If he had waited till after the race to confront Tony, He would still be alive today. SO SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY…AND FOR TONY AND HIS FAMILY. A BAD situation all around.

  • Justsayin’

    This whole lot of comments just goes to confirm the state of today’s society that “it’s always someone’s fault, but not mine”

  • Steve V

    There is no doubt this is tragic. I’m praying for everyone involved. All the benefit of doubt has to go to Tony Stewart. What we know for certain is: Ward made mistake #1 letting his anger get the best of him. Followed by mistake #2 when he got out of a car that wasn’t on fire during a race while cars were still zooming past. Then Ward made mistake #3 and walked away from a spot of comparative safety out into the moving traffic pattern, apparently to confront Stewart. That’s where he was killed. It would have been very much easier for Ward to avoid Stewart than for Stewart to avoid Ward! Think about it…

  • Lampster65

    I am Not siding with anyone in this, but I was just watching the video and noticed two things: 1) Stewart doesn’t seem to make ANY contact with Ward before he hits the wall. Now we can’t see the tires so they could have hit, and it could be argued that Ward was trying to pull out of the drift and Stewart ran him into the wall even without contact. But its not obvious that Stewart hit him. 2) Ward’s rear right tire seems to be flat after he stops. This could easily be CAUSED by the wreck, but just watching the video, it looks to me like he had a blowout of his right rear and hit the wall. The driver then did what he should know better than do, and un-buckled and get out of his car without a caution slowing the race. It was dark and he’s wearing a black fire suit. If Stewart didn’t hit him, someone else easily could have. Now, clearly Stewart does accelerate and his car jerks to the right just as he makes contact. Why this happens is pure speculation on our part. I feel for both drivers in this horrific accident and hope other drivers take something from this so it never happens again.

  • Jim

    Not a Tony Stewart fan as his history is filled with all kinds of stuff that show that he’s just not a classy person. He is in a word, a jerk. However, I don’t believe he killed this man on purpose. I do believe that he drove toward the driver on purpose to “buzz him” or intimidate him because that is just who Tony is. He knocks people out of the way, then if they try to retaliate, he responds with even more self-absorbed anger. Every other driver that passed by, drove by very low, except Tony. Tony drove higher up the track. That, and Tony’s history of being a self righteous bully is proof enough to me that there was intent to buzz him. For anyone to say he didn’t have control of his car and his car went up towards the driver is insane. Tony has driven all types of cars in his career and is one of the most experienced drivers on any track today. Plus the caution was out and the speeds they were traveling was much slower making the race car even easier to control. Everything points to the exact same conclusion. Tony screwed up. To me, justice would be vehicular manslaughter.

  • Peter Villacaro

    An unfortunate incident that was preventable but this begs the question, “what would you all think had this been someone else beside Tony Stewart that struck Kevin Ward?”

    • Jerry OConnor

      Tony is a huge draw for nascar and for auto racing in general, that is probably why all the other drivers and commentators are so supportive of him and they are ready to point out that young Kevin Ward made a mistake, a mistake that cost him his life. It amazes me that a driver of TS’s caliber was the only one who had trouble controlling his race car at caution lap speed, being a veteran racer with thousands of hours racing experience and being more than twice the age of the other driver, he should have been able to anticipate the fact that Kevin wrecked, and the young inexperienced racer (as they tend to do) blamed TS for his encounter with the wall, maybe TS could have shown some maturity and professional courtesy toward the young up and coming race car driver. I have seen flaggers get discouraged with a field on local short tracks and come down from the flag stand onto the track to make a point to drivers to pay attention to him and never seen 1 of them get run down.
      On the highway this would probably be called road rage.

      • Megalith

        Wow, you have a huge lack of critical thinking skills. Try to avoid hitting a dear running out in front of you while driving 60 mph. Good luck. Only dumb luck helps anyone out of that situation. That’s exactly what it was like for Stewart when Ward jumped out in front of his car, at night, while wearing a dark race suit.

  • Jerry OConnor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKBr0dgnAFk
    Maybe he can’t see very well !

  • amdriven

    Was Ward hanging on to the car?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtj0OqzANCI

  • hugs4u

    Steward is not a rookie sprint car driver, he has a whole lot of races in sprint cars under his belt. so he knows when he steps on the gas, the rear of the car will veer to the right. so i dont think he intentionally hit the kid but he did it to either scare the kid or throw dirt on him, but the car went a little farther right then he intended and hit the kid. so at the least he should be charged with involunatary manslaughter and let a jury decide his fate..

    • Megalith

      And if Stewart slams on the breaks, the rear of the car will drift to the right too. So, what was he suppose to do, genius? The ONLY thing he could do was give it a little gas and try to steer around the idiot who ran right out in front of him. Grow a brain. This was 100% Wards fault and nothing you say changes that fact. Play in traffic and you will get hit. Go ahead, try it.

  • Don Smith

    Ty for the comments here as it has opened my eyes a bit more as to the circumstances of this incident. And since my opinion doesn’t matter as to the results of the accident of which 1 definitive statement can be made. If Kevin Ward Jr. Stays in his car he is alive today and this discussion doesn’t exist. Tony Stewart did not use a Jodi mind trick to make Kevin jeopardize his life that day. What we saw on the video gave no indication Tony should have even been angry with this young man, after all Tony slid up in the turn and wrecked Kevin car. Not the other way around. And I’m sure Toni will tell you that himself. So before anyone passes judgement. Look at all the facts…

  • Phillip Coffey

    I was never a fan of Glenn Beck. That having been said, I have taken notice of the man lately and found him to be opinionated and direct, but I realize now that the same could be said of me. I don’t appreciate folks who beat around the bush as a rule, but like everyone knows there are exceptions to the rule. That is not the case here. I began to listen to the man with an open mind and found we share a number of similar points of view regarding various subjects. This is one of them. Face to face Tony Stewart would have stood his ground and given as good as he got. He is NOT the kind of man to use his car as a weapon… as a tool, yes, but not as a weapon. The man is not a saint by any stretch of the imagination, but he is not a killer either. His first instinct when he DID see the young hot headed driver, was to try to avoid him by steering left and AWAY from him. To do that in a sprint car, you “hit the gas”. What happened then was an accident, a tragedy and an experience that will haunt Tony for the rest of his life, but it was not intentional. That’s my opinion, however, i was not there and the only thing everyone can agree on is that the only one who knows for sure what happened is Tony Stewart. Give the man some space and let the process run it’s course, THEN we will have something to go by. Until that happens, everything is merely speculation.