Saturday’s Accident Will Stain the Legacy of Tony Stewart
"You mean that guy that killed that kid?"
That is how some people will remember Tony Stewart and it's a shame. Kevin Ward Jr. lost his life Saturday racing in a Sprint Race in New York. He and Stewart got tangled up on the track, turning Ward's car and taking him out of contention for the win. That is where the story should have ended. Sadly, it did not.
Ward Jr. jumped out of his car and ran on to the race area, wearing a black race suit on a dimly lit race track. He began pointing at Stewart. Seconds later, he lost his life.
Tony didn't race at Watkins Glenn yesterday and has said "There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It's a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I've decided not to participate in today's race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."
The incident is not being investigated as a criminal matter and Stewart is aiding the investigation.
The headline there was "Tony Stewart may have intentionally ran over Kevin Ward Jr."
Emotions were running high in the race car but to say he meant to intentionally hit and kill this kid is idiotic. Tony has been known to have a temper but if you watch the video, you can see the car shimmy, like he was trying to avoid hitting him and couldn't miss.
No doubt his legacy will never be the same and from here on out, Tony Stewart will be remembered as a driver who killed someone with his car. It's an unfair reputation to have and questions he will have to answer for the rest of his life.
Condolences to the Ward family. His loss was felt at Watkins Glen yesterday as the entire race seemed gloomy. Race Winner A.J Allmendinger got his first ever Sprint Cup win and his victory was overshadowed by the loss of Ward.
Allmendinger offered his condolences to the Ward family after he won, saying, "We're a community here, we're thinking about you."
"It's a tough time for everybody, This NASCAR community, as a whole, we're a family. When anything like that happens, it's something that you don't get time to erase and forget about. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Ward family and what happened. And it also goes to Tony. It's not like he's sitting there and forgetting about it."
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