Tony Stewart runs over driver on racetrack
Most likely you've already heard about the sprint car driver getting hit and killed on the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park over the weekend. I don't want to bias this thread, so click the link above, google, or check out the newscasts for details. My prayers go out for Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and also Tony.
I grew up not far from Tony's hometown and am still a bit in shock. There's obviously lots of controvery surrounding this and I'm interested in what JF thinks of the events that occurred. I know there's some strong feelings about all this but let's keep it civil and objective in this thread so it can stay in GD. What happened there?
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3 people have told me it was intentional. The first said you could hear him rev the engine and drive straight into him. The second said you could see him swerve at him and run him right over. The third said he was trying to throw dirt at him but the back end kicked out and hit him.
After the third person said that, I was confused. Three seemingly different stories. So I searched for the actual video. From what I could find, there is only one, and in it, you can't see Stewarts car until the split second before he hit him, so all three that told me what they saw in the video were full of it.
It looked to me like Stewart was trying to turn away from from him. The sound of the revving engine could have come from any of the other many cars on the track so I don't know why people are saying it was him gunning it to hit him or kick dirt at him.
Unless there is another video that shows a different view, I can't fault Stewart at all.
In no way do I think Tony Stewart meant to do the kid any harm, but after watching the video several times I believe one of two things happened. Tony was trying to give him a little scare and either got too close or the car did something unexpected. Seeing Tony's attitude, and never back down style over the years its plausible. It looks like he gave it the gas as he was approaching. He may of blipped the throttle to try and help the car turn to avoid him, sprint cars aren't exactly agile and are even less so when not in the throttle. Kevin Ward had absolutely no reason to be out of his car and that far down the track. It is Unfortunate that this happened, the Ward's lost a member of their family, and Tony Stewart has to live with this every day for the rest of his life. Its hard to say if his mind will ever be right again.
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The kid took multiple steps into Tony's lane. I can't see how people are so quick to blame Tony. Watch how many steps he takes into traffic. Wayyyyyy more than 1. He lost his cool and he let his emotions get the best of him.
All of this, "Tony purposely ran him over BS", is over the top. No one can say they heard Tony's engine Rev as he hit Ward. The video people are watching to make that judgement is being filmed from across the track. The sound could have come from anywhere along the track and was probably right in front of the camera.
People always want to point fingers and blame someone. However, sometimes it is truly just an Accident.
What i think.
If you are that stupid to get out of your car and walk around on a live racetrack then you deserve to get hit.
To bad that he died of his injuries.
Want to fight another driver, fine do that after the race has ended then quit racing forever if you cant stand that someone accidently rammed you so you spun out.
Or whatever happend before the camera starts to film.
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Kid let his emotions get to him over a stupid race and paid the ultimate price. You never get out of your car especially with sprint cars. You can't see to your right when turning left in sprint cars not to mention how dark it was. I can understand maybe getting out if it was a championship or something but it wasn't. Just a 20 year old kid that got mad.