Nascar Star Tony Stewart Kills Driver During Confrontation on Racetrack
AUG. 10, 2014
Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion in Nascar, hitting the driver, Kevin Ward Jr., 20, as Ward stood outside his racecar on the track.
Ward and Stewart had bumped cars during an earlier lap, sending Ward’s racecar into an outside wall and prompting a caution flag. Ward then exited his racecar and approached on foot as Stewart’s racecar came around again. As Ward stood on the track and pointed at Stewart, Stewart’s race car sounded as if it revved its engine then fishtailed, the right TIRE hitting Ward and dragging him under the car.
Ward was thrown several feet behind the car, and he was later declared dead at F.F. Thompson Hospital.
Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Watkins Glen after he struck and killed a driver in a dirt track race in upstate New York Saturday night. Regan Smith will replace him.
Stewart-Haas Competition Director Greg Zipadelli announced the decision Sunday morning. Previously, Zipadelli had characterized the team’s preparations as “business as usual.”
“We talked last night and then realizing going through the night – give Tony some time to sleep on it – and met with him this morning and he feels strongly that this is the right thing to do,” Zipadelli said. “We at SHR support it and agree with it. Like I said, it’s a difficult time for both parties.”
Stewart hit Kevin Ward after Ward had exited his vehicle during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night. After the two had a close racing incident in turn two, Ward exited his car and walked down the track to confront Stewart and was clipped by Stewart’s car.
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