Connect with us

2014 F1

Nascar driver Tony Stewart hits & kills racer Kevin Ward Jr



A sprint car racing incident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart left another driver with fatal injuries at an upstate New York dirt track Saturday night.

Ontario County (New York) Sheriff Philip C. Povero confirmed the news early Sunday morning to local news reporters, saying the other driver was declared dead on his arrival to a local hospital. The sheriff identified Stewart but did not issue the other driver’s name as family members were being notified.

The tragic incident was captured on a fan video. (Warning: The footage is graphic and the fans let loose with a stream of expletives after the incident.

This video has been age-restricted based on Youtube community.

The YouTube video of the incident showed Stewart racing to the low side of Kevin Ward Jr., of Port Leyden, New York. The two cars made contact, sending Ward’s No. 13 car bounding off the Turn 2 wall.

After Ward spun to a stop with a flat right-rear tire, the driver quickly dismounted to confront Stewart, walking out onto the track and pointing at the veteran driver’s No. 14. Stewart’s car revved and fishtailed, catching Ward with its right-rear tire and sending him a sizable distance from the crash site.

Ward was prone and motionless on the track as safety workers came to his aid. Povero said that, “people that witnessed it were horrified. They were extremely shocked.”

Povero said that both Stewart and track officials were “cooperating fully” with the ongoing investigation. According to the sheriff, no charges are pending. He said Stewart “is very upset and confirmed his continuing cooperation.”

Watch Ontario County (New York) Sheriff Philip C. Povero’s news conference below:

A Stewart-Haas Racing spokesperson issued the following statement that read: “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. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”

Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, lined up 12th in the 22-car field for the 25-lap “A” Main for the touring Empire Super Sprints series. Ward started sixth. First place paid $1,500.

Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a half-mile dirt track on the Ontario County Fairgrounds, said through its Facebook page that the remainder of Saturday night’s program had been canceled. The track is approximately 50 miles north-northwest of Watkins Glen International, site of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Stewart returned to sprint-car racing July 18 at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan with a win nearly a year after a season-ending crash at Southern Iowa Speedway on Aug. 5 severely injured his right leg, which required multiple surgeries. (nascar)



Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F12 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

23SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F13 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F13 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F13 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

34Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F13 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

650SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...

2018 F14 days ago

Renault engine power deficit a bigger problem – Verstappen

5SharesMax Verstappen says Red Bull’s title chances have taken a dive. Although the Dutchman won in Austria, he says at...

2018 F15 days ago

Ricciardo admits 2019 Red Bull contract ‘likely’

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo now says it is “likely” he will stay at Red Bull in 2019. Earlier, the Red Bull driver...

2018 F15 days ago

Alonso no fan of proposed expand points system

44SharesFernando Alonso says he is not sure changing the points system is a good move for F1. Over the British...

2018 F15 days ago

Renault felt like F2 engine – Verstappen

105SharesMax Verstappen says he feels as though he has been relegated to Formula 2. In the Honda era, Fernando Alonso...

2018 F16 days ago

Rosberg reveals what difference at Ferrari engine

1Share2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says the engine is what is making the difference at Ferrari this year. The...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media