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Nascar's Tony Stewart Strikes and Kills Opponent With Car

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  • Center Left
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    The three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hit and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. on the New York dirt track last night. Ward had been frustratingly walking on the track after wrecking his car into the wall on lap 14, seemingly to confront another driver about the incident. Stewart is now being investigated as to if the hit was intentional or not, and per team manager Greg Zipadelli he has opted out of the NASCAR event he was scheduled to race Sunday the 10th.

    Ward passed away as the ambulance carried him off of the track and in route to the hospital. "Our hearts go out to Kevin's family," Zipadelli said. "This is a very tough, very emotional time for everybody -- his family, our family at Stewart-Haas Racing."

    Although it is very tough to tell exactly what the intentions were from Stewart, it is about 50/50 as to if he will be to receiving criminal charges. Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero said, "Stewart has fully cooperated". "He acknowledges the collision with the driver."

    Tony's spokesman Mike Arning released this statement, "A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating,". "Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

    My condolences go out to Ward's family and friends.

    A video of the incident: Warning- Discretion advised. This video is graphic for some.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Watching that was rather surreal. It is a terrible tragedy and one that could have been easily avoided. Why Ward got out of his car, in a dark black suit and minimal light, is something we will never know. I can't imagine the pain that Ward's family is going through right now and my thoughts are with them.

    My only hope out of this tragedy is that it will make other drivers think twice before acting recklessly on the race track. This was a tragedy that was one hundred percent avoidable and other drivers should think twice before letting their emotions take over their common sense.
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    A terrible tragedy !!!!! Stewart said the correct words yesterday. That was his "Get out of jail free" card. There should be an investigation because this happened right after the two had a collision. Because Stewart has more fame and more money...... it won't be investigated.
    Why in the world Stewart races in these stupid Saturday races / instead of the Sunday big money races is beyond me. Maybe it's not as easy to kill competitors on Sundays with the national coverage. I think considering the factors..... Stewart could have easily avoided the hit and run. Especially in a race in front of a small crowd with no effect on his real pursuit ( NASCAR )
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    TJ Wrote: A terrible tragedy !!!!! Stewart said the correct words yesterday. That was his "Get out of jail free" card. There should be an investigation because this happened right after the two had a collision. Because Stewart has more fame and more money...... it won't be investigated.
    Why in the world Stewart races in these stupid Saturday races / instead of the Sunday big money races is beyond me. Maybe it's not as easy to kill competitors on Sundays with the national coverage. I think considering the factors..... Stewart could have easily avoided the hit and run. Especially in a race in front of a small crowd with no effect on his real pursuit ( NASCAR )
    He says the reason he likes the small races as well is because it's full of raw talent. And I don't think this was an intentional hit and run. Nor do I think it was a premeditated strike. That would be an incredibly stupid thing to do in front of a live audience. I do think tensions were high after the collision. This could have been avoided 110% entirely if Ward would of stayed in his vehicle on a live race track.

    I think Stewart was confronted by a man standing in the middle of a super slippery race track, and in the 2 seconds he had to react thoughts of intimidation ran through his head. So he tried to get a little close for a, "Hey back off" kind of thing, and lost control and got unfortunately too close. You can see clearly just before the moment of impact, Stewart tried to rev the motor and turn the wheel to slide out of the way. But like I said, unfortunately did not happen. This is only my opinion as to what happened. Either way, tragedy.
  • Liberal
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    Ancient Rome had the gladiators and animal fights in the arena for their blood sports - we have NASCAR, wrestling, boxing, cage fighting, football, hockey, etc. not much difference in 2000 years, other than today we get to sit in our living rooms and have a cold beer while watching it on pay TV. The human race haven't really evolved very far have we?
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    pr Wrote: Ancient Rome had the gladiators and animal fights in the arena for their blood sports - we have NASCAR, wrestling, boxing, cage fighting, football, hockey, etc. not much difference in 2000 years, other than today we get to sit in our living rooms and have a cold beer while watching it on pay TV. The human race haven't really evolved very far have we?
    I agree the aspect of live sporting entertainment hasn't evolved too much. Other than the brutality, the rules, the freedom to play or not, etc. But This isn't a blood sport by any means whatsoever. I guess you could relate boxing to a blood sport. But NASCAR, no. Not one person in the arena or tv opted to watch for the thrill of blood or death, nor did anyone expect it. Of course a great amount of people watch with anticipation of a accident, but not a death. Those cars are built to handle pretty much any wreck that is possible. The human body is not. That is why you shouldn't get out of your car on a live race track. If you're relating NASCAR to a blood sport, I guess you could relate the Ballet to it as well. There is chance someone could fall and break their neck/back pretty easily.
  • Liberal
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    Are you seriously suggesting that anyone would go to a NASCAR event if there was no chance to see a crash? I doubt it very much!!
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    pr Wrote: Are you seriously suggesting that anyone would go to a NASCAR event if there was no chance to see a crash? I doubt it very much!!
    I guess I could respond to that question with: Are you seriously suggesting there is a crash every race? Because if so, that is incorrect. The number of accidents per race do not determine the number of NASCAR fans. As I stated and you probably missed, "Of course there is anticipation of wrecks" But that is not what they are particularly there for. It may be the only thing that you yourself could call remotely entertaining about a race, but I think maybe you could understand it's not entirely up to you. You saying that you "doubt it very much" does not make it a fact.
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    ClayTaylorNC Wrote:
    pr Wrote: Are you seriously suggesting that anyone would go to a NASCAR event if there was no chance to see a crash? I doubt it very much!!
    I guess I could respond to that question with: Are you seriously suggesting there is a crash every race? Because if so, that is incorrect. The number of accidents per race do not determine the number of NASCAR fans. As I stated and you probably missed, "Of course there is anticipation of wrecks" But that is not what they are particularly there for. It may be the only thing that you yourself could call remotely entertaining about a race, but I think maybe you could understand it's not entirely up to you. You saying that you "doubt it very much" does not make it a fact.
    I used to do stock car racing up in Canada (when I was still young); however I never had the guts to get out of the car and then run onto the track; then you are asking for it. Sorry this driver lost it. End of story.
  • Liberal
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    ClayTaylorNC Wrote:
    pr Wrote: Are you seriously suggesting that anyone would go to a NASCAR event if there was no chance to see a crash? I doubt it very much!!
    I guess I could respond to that question with: Are you seriously suggesting there is a crash every race? Because if so, that is incorrect. The number of accidents per race do not determine the number of NASCAR fans. As I stated and you probably missed, "Of course there is anticipation of wrecks" But that is not what they are particularly there for. It may be the only thing that you yourself could call remotely entertaining about a race, but I think maybe you could understand it's not entirely up to you. You saying that you "doubt it very much" does not make it a fact.
    Not at all, don't put words in my mouth. I'm saying they typical NASCAR fan couldn't care less about car racing they are there for booze, broads, and violence (real or perceived) and the reality is - violence draws fans, wheather you believe it or not. The facts speak for themselves. Just ask J.C. (Julius Ceasar)!
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    Yesterday, Kevin Wards father said that everyone saw his son. Apparently everyone except Tony Stewart saw him. The fact that it happened right after an altercation seems suspicious to me. A professional driver could have taken an inside lane or even taken measures to avoid Ward. His adrenaline was pumping and he was attempting to shut this kid up. He did.
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    The moment that kid walked out onto the track Tony Stewart cannot be held culpable even if it was his intention. I don' see a jury convicting him from the stupidity of another