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(Motorsports Talk)   Kevin Harvick comes to the defense of Tony Stewart, knows who signs his paychecks   (motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com) divider line 36
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2014-08-18 10:23:01 AM  
When you play in traffic, these things can happen.  Sure it's tragic but that kid shouldn't have been out there.  In my opinion, Tony probably meant to dust him, I don't think he ever intended to run him over.  It's a shiatty situation but the blame isn't solely on either party, maybe 50/50 on both.
 
2014-08-18 10:59:46 AM  
I heard the police were looking at video from a different angle. Has that surfaced anywhere?

/not that I'm anxious to see it, but I wondered if it was any more conclusive than the first one that went around
 
2014-08-18 11:30:46 AM  
Kevin Harvick: "I know for sure that Tony Stewart is not going to run over somebody on a racetrack..."

"...again."
 
2014-08-18 11:36:51 AM  
Kato who?
 
2014-08-18 11:57:49 AM  
My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.
 
2014-08-18 12:01:36 PM  

Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.


This is pretty much my exact take. Thanks for saving me the keystrokes.
 
2014-08-18 12:17:03 PM  
Gene Haas signs his checks, Tony is a small-time minority owner who got his name on the place as part of the deal for driving there.
 
2014-08-18 12:18:28 PM  

Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.


Pretty much.
 
2014-08-18 12:38:58 PM  

Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.


If Ward made the decision to exit his car, charge after Stewart, and Stewart didn't try to hit Ward, how is a huge financial judgement against Stewart close to justice?
 
2014-08-18 12:41:59 PM  

Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion:


That seems about right.

I'm not much informed about this thing either, but I've read a lot of opinions from those with experience as well as the comments from the other drivers involved.  Despite Stewart's history (which doesn't seem to include an attempt to use a vehicle against an actual human being), in my opinion nothing points to someone being so reckless as to attempt even "scaring" someone with a vehicle like that on that type of track.


MaudlinMutantMollusk: I heard the police were looking at video from a different angle. Has that surfaced anywhere?

/not that I'm anxious to see it, but I wondered if it was any more conclusive than the first one that went around


I don't think it has, or I'm sure we would have seen it linked to in one of the numerous threads on the topic.  However I recall someone posting a top view diagram of the track to illustrate where the accident took place in proximity to the camera angle we've seen.  I seem to recall the grandstands of the race only being on that side of the track.  So there wouldn't be much of a change in angle, unless it's from someone further away from it.
 
2014-08-18 12:46:25 PM  

This Looks Fun: Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.

This is pretty much my exact take. Thanks for saving me the keystrokes.


You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.
 
2014-08-18 12:50:15 PM  
jdjoker:
You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.

From the audio of the incident, he sure does sound like he's gunning the engine as he approaches him, though to be fair there could be other explanations for that.  It's worth noting that the burden of proof in civil court is a lot lower than that of a criminal court.  I really can't see him being convicted (or even charged) in criminal court, but I could definitely see a potential case for a wrongful death suit.
 
2014-08-18 01:00:24 PM  

jdjoker: This Looks Fun: Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.

This is pretty much my exact take. Thanks for saving me the keystrokes.

You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.


See bold.
 
2014-08-18 01:09:38 PM  

nekom: jdjoker:
You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.

From the audio of the incident, he sure does sound like he's gunning the engine as he approaches him, though to be fair there could be other explanations for that.  It's worth noting that the burden of proof in civil court is a lot lower than that of a criminal court.  I really can't see him being convicted (or even charged) in criminal court, but I could definitely see a potential case for a wrongful death suit.


My informed opinion is the engine being revved is alot closer to the camera than Stewart's. I don't see Stewart's car do anything out of the ordinary for the situation.
 
2014-08-18 01:10:05 PM  
Ward's family Lawyers will get paid

FTFY
 
2014-08-18 01:10:46 PM  
Disclaimer: I'm a NASCAR fan, and I like/respect Tony (though I won't call myself a Tony fan, he's not my #1 driver).

In my heart, I don't think Tony did anything on purpose. I don't want to believe he did. I want to believe that his love for grassroots racing would preclude him from trying to injure another driver. I'm not convinced he knew that he did anything wrong to begin with. And that ignores Ward's actions entirely.

But my head tells me Tony's already been tried and convicted in the Court of Public Opinion.

I figure that Tony will face criminal charges, if for no other reason than to settle public outcry. They'll have to charge him with something. I figure the best chance they have is what was suggested in some early article, something like "criminal negligence resulting in death." They may not be able to prove intent in court, but they can always argue that, as a professional driver, Tony should always be in full control of his vehicle, and therefore responsible for anything that happened as long as his hands were on the wheel.

Do I think that's necessarily the case? No. But I think a jury would be easily convinced of that line of logic - at least, a jury that doesn't know anything about race cars.

I think a ruling like that would be devastating for motorsports in general, because who would insure or back an activity that pretty much guarantees guilt for the driver in any situation that goes bad?

I hope they don't find further evidence to press charges. I really do. But I think they'll try to hang something on him, if only to better serve their careers.
 
2014-08-18 01:14:56 PM  

Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.


I've read hundreds of postings on this, and everyone that has had experience with sprint cars has indicated that this is probably not the case.  Quite the opposite.  From what I've read, they aren't real easy to control.
 
2014-08-18 01:19:13 PM  

Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.


I actually appreciate that you stated you were no expert on the subject and gave your opinion so I won't be a jerk about it like others here.

But I have had a question for everyone on fark who has stated the same as you here in regards to Stewart attempting to spray, bump or otherwise scare Ward with the car before hitting him. What are you seeing on the video or from any other evidence that leads you to believe Stewart was trying to do any of that?

Honest question, just trying to understand the perspective, not trying to flame.
 
2014-08-18 01:19:55 PM  

nekom: jdjoker:
You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.

From the audio of the incident, he sure does sound like he's gunning the engine as he approaches him, though to be fair there could be other explanations for that.  It's worth noting that the burden of proof in civil court is a lot lower than that of a criminal court.  I really can't see him being convicted (or even charged) in criminal court, but I could definitely see a potential case for a wrongful death suit.


That audio is completely unreliable.  The video was shot from the near side of the track.  Chances are that revving sound is from a vehicle closer to the camera, but out of the zoomed in frame.  The mics on shiatty cameras like that are shiatty.
 
2014-08-18 01:24:43 PM  

too_amuzed: I've read hundreds of postings on this, and everyone that has had experience with sprint cars has indicated that this is probably not the case.  Quite the opposite.  From what I've read, they aren't real easy to control.


Sprint cars are notoriously difficult to control. Even in the hands of a professional driver, they're going to be a handful by design.

Whether or not a jury will believe that is another story. And I'm afraid to believe a jury would be intelligent enough to process that.
 
2014-08-18 01:27:39 PM  
sure does sound like he's gunning the engine as he approaches him, though to be fair there could be other explanations for that

The audio that does include a revving engine does not include sounds one expects to hear as Stewart hits Ward and Ward's car goes into the guardrail. This is because it can't pick up the noise that far away, The revving engine is much closer to the camera
 
2014-08-18 01:32:06 PM  

too_amuzed: Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.

I've read hundreds of postings on this, and everyone that has had experience with sprint cars has indicated that this is probably not the case.  Quite the opposite.  From what I've read, they aren't real easy to control.


They're really hard to control at idle, where they tend to want to go right of all things. As soon as they gas the weight transfers to the rear, and the stagger full effect, especially after the bias ply tires finish expanding and the stagger takes effect.

Then it's a question of using the throttle to try to keep the weight back to accelerate and turn without spinning out literally on the center point of the car.

A well set sprint car can go several laps without the front left wheel ever touching the ground, but it's a lot more obvious on a non wing car.
 
2014-08-18 01:39:36 PM  

MFAWG: too_amuzed: Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.

I've read hundreds of postings on this, and everyone that has had experience with sprint cars has indicated that this is probably not the case.  Quite the opposite.  From what I've read, they aren't real easy to control.

They're really hard to control at idle, where they tend to want to go right of all things. As soon as they gas the weight transfers to the rear, and the stagger full effect, especially after the bias ply tires finish expanding and the stagger takes effect.

Then it's a question of using the throttle to try to keep the weight back to accelerate and turn without spinning out literally on the center point of the car.

A well set sprint car can go several laps without the front left wheel ever touching the ground, but it's a lot more obvious on a non wing car.


I've also read that it is difficult for a driver to see out of the right side of a sprint car, raising at least a question whether Stewart even saw the idiot coming at his car.
 
2014-08-18 01:43:56 PM  
I'm surprised more of the guys in the garage haven't spoken out about it.  I think Biffle might have, but otherwise its crickets.  NASCAR takes your balls away, and with the way things are now, no one is allowed an opinion.
 
2014-08-18 01:45:06 PM  

too_amuzed: Crewmannumber6: My totally uninformed, insignificant opinion: Ward was dumb for getting out of his car, reckless for walking into traffic and moronic for aggressively stepping towards Stewart's car. Stewart wanted to scare Ward by turning his wheels towards him, making him not only an asshole, but stupid. I don't believe for one second that Stewart wasn't in total control of his car. Don't give me that 'Sprint cars are set up to go left by turning right' BS. That's not true at slow speeds under caution, and Stewart can make a sprint car dance if he wants to.

I don't think he ever tried to hit him. I think he should be tried for a lesser manslaughter charge, if there is one, because Ward shares more than half of the blame for the situation, but Stewart's actions brought about a death. He'll be found not guilty and jeopardy will be attached, but he'll lose a massive civil suit. He won't go to jail, lose a metric assload of money, and Ward's family will get paid. That's as close to justice as we're gonna get here.

I've read hundreds of postings on this, and everyone that has had experience with sprint cars has indicated that this is probably not the case.  Quite the opposite.  From what I've read, they aren't real easy to control.


I don't watch sprint cars or much on dirt tracks, but I've seen enough to it to realize that they look hard as shiat to control. Half of those races appears to be sliding or swerving.
 
2014-08-18 02:25:26 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: nekom: jdjoker:
You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.

From the audio of the incident, he sure does sound like he's gunning the engine as he approaches him, though to be fair there could be other explanations for that.  It's worth noting that the burden of proof in civil court is a lot lower than that of a criminal court.  I really can't see him being convicted (or even charged) in criminal court, but I could definitely see a potential case for a wrongful death suit.

That audio is completely unreliable.  The video was shot from the near side of the track.  Chances are that revving sound is from a vehicle closer to the camera, but out of the zoomed in frame.  The mics on shiatty cameras like that are shiatty.


The camera is approximately where the red X is, and both accidents occurred approximately where the blue X is. We heard no audio of the collision and subsequent bump into the wall of Ward's car, and I am fairly sure that an engine revving at that distance would be pretty quiet. The revving engine is from off frame, it's too loud not to be.

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-18 02:46:47 PM  

tgambitg: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: nekom: jdjoker:
You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.

From the audio of the incident, he sure does sound like he's gunning the engine as he approaches him, though to be fair there could be other explanations for that.  It's worth noting that the burden of proof in civil court is a lot lower than that of a criminal court.  I really can't see him being convicted (or even charged) in criminal court, but I could definitely see a potential case for a wrongful death suit.

That audio is completely unreliable.  The video was shot from the near side of the track.  Chances are that revving sound is from a vehicle closer to the camera, but out of the zoomed in frame.  The mics on shiatty cameras like that are shiatty.

The camera is approximately where the red X is, and both accidents occurred approximately where the blue X is. We heard no audio of the collision and subsequent bump into the wall of Ward's car, and I am fairly sure that an engine revving at that distance would be pretty quiet. The revving engine is from off frame, it's too loud not to be.

[img.fark.net image 850x506]


Yeah, that's the picture I was thinking of.  And if the additional camera footage is coming from another spectator in the stands, then I'm not sure how much more additional info it will provide since the only other angles are actually further away from the accident.  Unless of course the other footage is more focused on the action of Stewart's car itself.  The biggest issue with the video we've all seen is that the camera follows the 45 car as it swerves to avoid Ward, thenpans back barely in time to see Stewart's car collide with him.  That's why I think it's near impossible to come to a conclusion to what exactly happened based on the video alone, and why I defer to those with experience with these cars and the other drivers in that race.
 
2014-08-18 02:48:01 PM  
OK.. I was wrong about the past six threads.. but this.. THIS thread will be the one that sets everyone's opinion and the matter to rest!
 
2014-08-18 03:04:02 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: tgambitg: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: nekom: jdjoker:
You're both presupposing that Stewart even saw Ward. The actions of the driver immediately in front of Stewart and statements from one behind him cast some serious doubt on that, at least to some people.

From the audio of the incident, he sure does sound like he's gunning the engine as he approaches him, though to be fair there could be other explanations for that.  It's worth noting that the burden of proof in civil court is a lot lower than that of a criminal court.  I really can't see him being convicted (or even charged) in criminal court, but I could definitely see a potential case for a wrongful death suit.

That audio is completely unreliable.  The video was shot from the near side of the track.  Chances are that revving sound is from a vehicle closer to the camera, but out of the zoomed in frame.  The mics on shiatty cameras like that are shiatty.

The camera is approximately where the red X is, and both accidents occurred approximately where the blue X is. We heard no audio of the collision and subsequent bump into the wall of Ward's car, and I am fairly sure that an engine revving at that distance would be pretty quiet. The revving engine is from off frame, it's too loud not to be.

[img.fark.net image 850x506]

Yeah, that's the picture I was thinking of.  And if the additional camera footage is coming from another spectator in the stands, then I'm not sure how much more additional info it will provide since the only other angles are actually further away from the accident.  Unless of course the other footage is more focused on the action of Stewart's car itself.  The biggest issue with the video we've all seen is that the camera follows the 45 car as it swerves to avoid Ward, thenpans back barely in time to see Stewart's car collide with him.  That's why I think it's near impossible to come to a conclusion to what exactly happened based on the video alone, and why I defer to those with experience with thes ...


Another would show some of the other 16 or 18 cars on the track, and where they were. This was the A main. Ward finished 17th, Stewart was 7th. I see 4 or 5 in that video.

The idea that Stewart 'targeted' some lapper is not out of the question, but I honestly don't see anything looks like that.
 
2014-08-18 03:04:55 PM  

The Bestest: OK.. I was wrong about the past six threads.. but this.. THIS thread will be the one that sets everyone's opinion and the matter to rest!


That's a relief.
 
2014-08-18 03:44:16 PM  
Bubba the Love Sponge did an entire segment on what went wrong. He explained that at 35-40 MPH a sprint car is basically idling and the driver has very little control. In order to avoid Ward Tony may have goosed the throttle to get the car around him as steering to avoid him would be near impossible, as mentioned upthread the cars are built to counter steer at high speeds. That being said that would explain a lot as to why charges have not been formally filed etc. The explanation makes sense to me from a physics/weight /control perspective. But hey this is Fark. So....
 
2014-08-18 03:48:49 PM  

Bob Dolemite: I'm surprised more of the guys in the garage haven't spoken out about it.  I think Biffle might have, but otherwise its crickets.  NASCAR takes your balls away, and with the way things are now, no one is allowed an opinion.


Kyle Larson spoke about what it was like to be racing at some Podunk dirt track and see Tony Stewart's hauler pull up. He almost never announces these things in advance.
 
2014-08-18 04:56:48 PM  
Sprint Car visibility limitations demonstrated from the cockpit by PennLive's Jeremy Elliott


http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/08/sprint_car_visibili ty _limitati.html

MECHANICSBURG: Speculation continues to swirl around the tragic Sprint Car incident involving NASCAR star Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. last week at New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
One of the main questions is did Stewart see the angry Ward approaching the right side of his car while he was going through the corner? Only the three-time Sprint Cup champion knows the answer.
But according to drivers, the visibility out the right side of a Sprint Car is limited. To demonstrate this, I climbed behind the wheel of Lance Dewease's Sprint Car Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway and checked it out for myself.
In the video, Dewease stands at different locations along the right side of the car and I explain what I can see from the cockpit.
Keep in mind, this video is taken during the early evening hours when there is still sunlight. The incident in which Ward was hit by Stewart's car occurred at 10:30 p.m.
 
2014-08-18 05:06:09 PM  
Remember in the PennLive Video it is daylight and the car is not moving, That night Ward was moving toward Stewart and Stewart's sprint car was moving forward on the track
 
2014-08-18 05:09:58 PM  
Like Stewart, Kyle Larson has a background in sprint car racing and frequently barnstorms around the country running in various grassroots events. Larson spoke fondly of seeing Stewart pull up unexpectedly at a local track and the extra jolt it gave him.
"You would see his trailer pull in the track and you would get more amped up and try a little bit harder," Larson said.
But not knowing the facts and never having raced at Canandaigua, Larson wouldn't comment directly on the circumstances that led to Ward's death.
 
2014-08-18 05:59:01 PM  
This country is too safety oriented to have a blood sport any more. People die.
 
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