Family of Kevin Ward, Jr. issues statement
Port Leyden, N.Y. - The family of Kevin Ward, Jr., has released a statement regarding the accident Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
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#1 Aug 10, 2014
I am very sorry for your lose my thoughts and prayers go out to your family
#2 Aug 11, 2014
It's common for drivers to get out of their cars and perform for the crowd and blow off steam, Stewart did this himself numerous times.
The track was set to yellow, caution there might be stuff on the track you don't want to hit.
The track was lite well enough for other drivers to see Ward and not hit him.
Ward's clothing had white trim and his number in white on the front.
Stewart was on the gas when hit hit Ward and his car was fishtailing when Ward was hit.
Ward's body was basically grabbed by Stewart's spinning tire and wrapped around the tire and thrown into the air from the force of the spinning tire.
Stewart was OBVIOUSLY brushing Ward off the track just like he did to Ward's car on the previous lap. He may not have intended to hit Ward but was driving too fast for a caution condition and Stewart being on the gas caused in Ward's death. IF Stewart had been driving like he should have been under caution his car would not have been fishtailing from power being applied to the tires.
IMHO, some level of criminal charges are called for. Stewart was at the minimum driving without caution in mind and being that he applied power to the machine causing Ward to be pulled into the tire and killed Stewart may be guilty of a degree of murder.
#3 Aug 11, 2014
I agree with the points brought up in this article about Kevin Ward Jr. I fully believe after seeing video that Stewart was not driving carefully under a caution, that he could see Kevin as he gunned the throttle to show his displeasure with him where upon he hit him with the car. The track was not that dark or drivers would not be allowed to race. So what if he only meant to scare him. His actions killed him. For Stewart to originally want to race at Watkins Glen within a few hours of killing someone shows what type personalty was driving that night.
#4 Aug 11, 2014
This was an unfortunate accident and a tragedy.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but to cast blame on Tony Stewart is totally wrong, especially under such emotional circumstances.
These sprint car drivers are wearing full face helmets and a Haans device, strapped tightly in a fully supportive head restraining seat designed to keep the helmeted head stable on the right side from the heavy G forces produced by these left turn, 900HP, 1450 lb beasts. Drivers have forward vision and a rear view mirror at best. Peripheral vision is very limited. Add to that the overhead wing tilted forward and low at the front above the cockpit and racing under the lights, a huge 28 inch wide +- right rear tire, Ward wearing a black suit with white trim and it's a recipe for disaster when a driver runs out in the middle of the track wagging his finger.
Anybody that has watched live sprint cars race knows that the high compression engines will load up and foul the spark plugs so it is common for all drivers to "blip" the throttle of their cars under caution.
Add up all of that information and the fact that the investigation has yet to find, or hint, of any wrongdoing by Stewart, I cannot, with any honesty, point a finger at Tony Stewart and accuse him of any criminal intent. This was an unfortunant accident that was preventable.
Please show some respect for all involved and touched by this tragic accident and let the police investigation determine the final outcome.
#6 Aug 11, 2014
What does a caution condition mean? Arn't drivers suppose to be looking out and avoiding stuff on the track? Arn't cars going much slower under caution? If going slower don't they have total control of their cars? When driving slowly under caution can't drivers use the entire width of the track to avoid stuff? Do these cars have brakes? Why didn't any car use their brakes when seeing the person on the track? Ward could have been injured in the wreck seconds before waking on the track, shouldn't all cars have stopped? IMHO a known "Hot Head" really stepped in it more ways than one. A previous poster makes a lot of excuses for the murderer, we will see how the official "spun" investigation ends.
RIP, Mr Ward, he is the one that took the hit.
#7 Aug 11, 2014
Oh yeah says...DUH!
#8 Aug 11, 2014
This previous poster did nothing more than state some actual facts, something that I don't see any of the rest of you doing. Every other comment has been made out of pure emotional ignorance.
It is pathetic to read all of the comments made by hypocrites who use pure ignorance and conjecture in place of any facts and prefer to play judge, jury and executioner.
Let the haters hate...that is what they do best anyway.
#9 Aug 11, 2014
Guess that means you have NO answers to my questions?
#11 Aug 12, 2014
Very sorry for the lost, its a shame so young, but young is why he got out of his car and walked in front of vehicles still moving. I find this to be a reality with todays generation,
they are all hot heads and do not think of consequences.
#12 Aug 12, 2014
Actually no! My mistake was not parenthisizing "this previous poster" , meaning me JHat.
I laid out "FACTS" in my original post and that you chose to ignore them, the facts, and continue with on with your fallicy speaks volumes about your unreasonable emotional instability. IOW, your questions remain meaningless!
#13 Aug 12, 2014
Typical answer from an ignoramus! No substance so you have to resort to foul mouthed childishness.
Yes, you are a hypocrite Oh yeah and your weak attempt at childish playground cut is comment is noted.
#14 Aug 12, 2014
Except Stewart is also know for leaving his race cars in a race, it's part of blowing off steam and race theatrics common these days and Stewart isn't a hothead youngster. Your contention is full of holes.
Stewart needs to tried and convicted for his blatant reckless driving under caution, that means the track has had an incident and you are to drive with caution, NOT ON THE GAS!!
#15 Aug 12, 2014
Are you aware of the tesimony of another racer that was a few cars behind Stewarts at the time of the accident? It was his opinion, as a professional racer and witness to the incident, that Stewart did attempt to miss Ward and the accident was unavoidable under the circumstances.
Your comments are full of hot air, ie, conjecture out of ignorance. I suspect you've never attended any sprint car events and have zero knowledge about racing in general which would explain your irrationality to the issue at hand.
Unfortunaely for you, your argument is that of a simpleton!
#16 Aug 12, 2014
OK, first the track was poorly lite and the murderer couldn't see Ward, NOW a race car a few cars behind Stewart's car saw everything that happened.
Which is it?
Ya can't have it both ways, poorly lite AND a car hundreds of feet back saw the entire event.
And IF the murderer couldn't see Ward directly in front of his car HOW on God's green earth could a driver a number of cars BEHIND the murderers car see it all?
Your excuses resemble swiss cheese, they are so full of holes.
You best think out your excuse plan for the murderer before you post any more lame excuses. You resemble Obama attempting to explain why he is reintroducing US military into Iraq when he promised to withdraw ALL troops if elected President. He claimed the US military does nothing good so why have them in Iraq. I digress.
#18 Aug 12, 2014
The most intelligent commentator so far is JHat.
The thing that set this whole thing off was Ward leaving his vehicle to go run ONTO an active race track, which is pure tarded to begin with.
Some people ask why is Stewart doing Dirt Sprint Car anyways? Well he has ALWAYS done this for years, not only him, but many other NASCAR guys got their start on dirt tracks too and liked to go back to their roots on Saturday and Friday nites as a way to bring in fans and give local drivers a chance to take on some of the big boys and give the locals bragging rights if they could beat the pros. As far as Stewart brushing him into a spinout, that is part of the race and always has been. I'd like to see if they came close to knocking any laps earlier.
The Ward kid also had a reputation (direct comments from those who knew him and raced against him across upstate NY) for being short tempered and hot-headed just like Stewart - so now you got 2 guys in a pissin' war with neither backing down.
As far as Stewart gunning his engine, if you knew anything about these types of vehicles, they do not steer as well at lower speeds, They are designed with the right rear tire to be bigger and with more torque for a reason, that is what controls turning.
Ward ran down into the middle of the track to confront Stewart (he wasnt as far up to the wall as the previous lap due to the yellow), the car immediately in front of Stewart barely saw him and almost hit him as well. Once he swerved out of the way, Stewart probably didnt have time to either see him, or if he did, time to react and avoid him. Visibility in those cars is limited and not conducive to objects to the right side with a helmet and restraints. Only thing he could do is rev it to try and turn more left and clip him sideways rather than hit the kid totally head on and throwing him 30 feet up. Same reaction people do when a deer runs out infront of them and they swerve instead of hitting head on.
Stewart also didnt keep going, he stopped shortly after you can see that on tape.
Also, you could see other cars after Stewart flying by too, he wasnt the last car.
If Stewart was more to the left and the inner part of the track, then Ward would've gone all the way down almost to the infield to confront him and he could've been hit by a different car and maybe caused a fatal pileup. If he had done that and survived, would Ward be charged with negligent manslaughter if another driver died for him running down on the track? If a different driver hit Ward, would people still be blaming Stewart and demanding charges on the other driver?
Those saying where is the video from inside, well the car Stewart drove wasnt his, he was using someone else's, we dont know if it was functional or not.
But all this stems from Ward leaving his car and not waiting for track vehicles to take his car off the track. And he could've waited 12 more laps until the race ended and confronted Stewart in the pits, where he probably would've walked away with a black eye and bruised ego, rather than on a gurney off the track.
The culpability and responsibility lies with Ward.
#19 Aug 12, 2014
if you kill someone on a public highway with a car , its called vehicular manslaughter , so why would this be murder ....
#20 Aug 12, 2014
they dont charge you if the fool victim suddenly runs out onto the highway and you have no way of braking or swerving out of the way -
basically it was suicide by racecar
#21 Aug 12, 2014
What does a caution mean on a race track?
Under caution shouldn't all drivers be looking for stuff on the track to avoid and be ready to hit the brakes?
Should drivers be accelerating when a person is on the track, a person that was visible from a drivers perspective a number of cars behind the murderers?
Shouldn't Stewart have been on the brakes as soon as he saw Ward, NOT on the gas?
It's understood both Ward and Stewart are/were hotheads, but one got killed by the actions of "Smokey" the murderer:
If you take actions on a public road that kill someone by using a vehicle as a weapon you can be charged with murder.
The questions I ask are not that difficult, also understood is that the racing community wants this event swept under the proverbial rug ASAP.
#22 Aug 12, 2014
No matter what anyone try's to explain or say your mind is made up so why would anyone here waste time arguing with you. Only seen two people here that seem to know what they are talking about with any kind of intelligent post and you sir are not one of those. The kid made a young and dumb decision to move into the traveling path of moving cars caution or not and paid an horrible price effecting many , many people. Ward could have stayed back from the area of travel and made his point but he chose different by getting into the worst part of the track.
If you want to make something come out of all this instead of wasting your time try to win some kind of award for posting go somewhere and start a drive to get new rules in place so something like this never happens again to ANY driver
#23 Aug 12, 2014
You are about as bright as a sack of rocks! You don't know squat about sprint car racing or sprint cars in general. Your unknowledgable argument is based on repetitive unadulterated emotional conjecture and nothing more...just admit it.
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