Just days after NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race, Ward Jr.'s father speaks out. Kevin Ward Sr. took Stewart to task in his comments regarding his son's death and questions Stewart for causing the crash that led to his son exiting his car and walking up the dirt track.
On Saturday night, Tony Stewart participated in a 25-mile Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Approximately halfway through the race, Kevin Ward Jr.'s car was pushed up against the wall by Stewart's car. After the crash, Ward Jr. stepped out of his car and began walking up the track and was soon clipped by Stewart. Ward Jr. was announced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Four days after the accident, Kevin Ward Sr. has decided to speak out and says Stewart took things too far. “Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night,” Ward Sr. said. “Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there's no reason for it.”
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— Empire Super Sprints (@ESSprints) August 10, 2014
Many fans have wondered why Ward Jr. decided to exit his car and walk up the track, and his father says that it has everything to do with the person that caused the wreck. "I think the reason he probably got out of that car is who put him into the wall. He was definitely put into the wall," Ward Sr. said.
A video of the incident can be viewed below. Warning: the video is graphic; view it at your own discretion.
Quite a few racing fans have questioned whether Tony Stewart intentionally hit Kevin Ward Jr., and the young man's father wonders why Stewart couldn't avoid hitting his son. “Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn't see him," Ward Sr. said.
Further, Ward Sr. wants to know if Stewart is going to go public with his account of the events. "The one person that knows what happened that night is possibly facing 10 years in prison,” Ward Sr. said. “Is he going to say what he done?" No charges are expected to be brought against Stewart so far, but the investigation is ongoing.
Stewart was supposed to race in the NASCAR Cheez-It 355 on Sunday, but made a statement saying that he decided not to participate and extended prayers to Ward Jr.'s family:
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 10, 2014
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