** CAUTION GRISLY VIDEO BELOW: Veteran NASCAR driver and three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart ran over and killed another racer, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday night.
Ward hit the wall, then exited his Sprint Car Saturday night to confront Stewart, who was still racing at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York.
Ward got out of his car and waved at Tony Stewart, obviously pissed-off when Stewart approached during the next lap under the yellow flag. Stewart’s car seems to fishtail and strike Ward, drag him several yards and leave him lifeless on the track.
Kevin Ward was dead on arrival at the hospital and was probably killed from the impact of Stewart’s vehicle, still traveling at high speeds.
The VIDEO below is not for the faint of heart:
The racing shut down and I read unconfirmed reports that charges against Stewart are pending.
Kevin Ward Jr.’s family says it “appreciates all the prayer and support” but that members “would like time to grieve”
It was originally announced Stewart would race at Watkins Glen on Sunday, but that decision was changed and then announced during a press conference later Sunday morning.
shocked fans sob and scream after Stewart runs over another driver and that driver lies motionless on the track while emergency personnel respond.
You can hear the motor rev just before the car hits the driver, who flies about 50 feet.
“People that witnessed it were horrified,” Povero said of the crash. “They were extremely shocked.”
Tyler Graves, a sprint-car racer and friend of Ward’s, told Sporting News in a phone interview that he was sitting in the Turn 1 grandstands and saw everything.
“Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing,” Graves said. “The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.
“I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards.”
Graves said he didn’t believe it was intentional.
“You never mean to do something like that,” Graves told Sporting News. “Kevin was pissed and he let Tony know. And Tony was trying to give the message back that he wasn’t happy either. He went over the line with it.”
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