NASCAR driver Tony Stewart sat out Sunday’s race after striking and killing Kevin Ward with his car in a sprint-car race the night prior to. (Image: SportsBusinessDaily)
NASCAR motorist Tony Stewart is no stranger to debate, and he’s had problems in sprint cars in the past. But none of these incidents were nearly as severe since the one that happened on Saturday, when Stewart hit Kevin Ward Jr. with his car, killing the driver that is 20-year-old. The incident took place at a race that is non-nascar sprint cars in upstate New York during the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. It began by having a crash on the lap that is previous by which Stewart’s car collided with Ward’s, giving Ward’s car as a fence.
Ward Hit While Trying to Confront Stewart
Ward, seemingly aggravated, walked out from his car on the track as the other cars slowed down due to the care flag following the accident. Ward looked as though he wished to confront Stewart, gesturing at his car as he arrived across the track.
But as Stewart passed by him, Ward appeared to be struck by the wheel that is back right of’s vehicle. Video seems to show Ward being dragged within the wheel for a quick distance. Rescue workers quickly came out to give Ward medical help, however the driver was pronounced dead when he arrived at a hospital that is local.
Very nearly just after the event was reported, speculation began on whether or perhaps not Stewart could face any charges that are criminal connection with Ward’s death. Stewart includes a history of verbal and physical confrontations along with other motorists, and while few, if any, commentators considered the concept that Stewart would ever hit a driver that is walking, there were concerns as to whether or not the NASCAR favorite had driven recklessly.
No Costs Filed Against Stewart
Up to now, it looks like authorities do not feel that this had been the case, treating this as a tragic accident. Sheriff Philip Povero has said that there has been no evidence at the time of yet to support any charges that are criminal Stewart. The local district attorney is still reviewing the investigation, however, and testimony and movie are being gathered by the sheriff’s division.
While Stewart considered racing at Watkins Glen on Sunday, he ultimately bowed away from the competition, citing his emotional state within the wake of Saturday’s incident.
The incident comes a 12 months after Stewart broke his leg that is right in sprint-car battle in Iowa. That injury a year ago are priced at him the remainder for the NASCAR period. But that didn’t stop Stewart from going back back to sprint-car race last month, when he won a race at the Tri-City engine Speedway in Michigan.
Even though the focus this week has been on Ward’s tragic death, the incident might also have an impact on the battle for NASCAR’s championship. There are just four races remaining prior to the sport’s playoff, a ten-race series known as the Chase for the Sprint Cup, begins.
At the brief minute, Stewart is currently in 22nd place in NASCAR’s points standings. He has maybe not yet qualified for the playoff, and with 12 associated with the 16 spots in the Chase having been reserved for people who have won a race this period, it seems unlikely that he shall qualify on points. That means he might have to win one of the staying races in order to truly have a opportunity to compete for a championship down the stretch.
Bookmakers don’t see Stewart as a favorite to win the championship, but they do not appear to believe this weekend’s activities have affected their opportunities tremendously, either. At this time, sportsbooks have Stewart as about a 25-1 shot to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship, not too far removed from the 18-1 odds he exposed the season at.