Tony Stewart Case Puts NASCAR in Unfamiliar Territory

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Tony Stewart’s fate rests in the hands of an Ontario County, New York Grand Jury who will decide whether Stewart should face charges in the death of fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr.

The District Attorney handling the case reportedly has a 2nd video of the incident that he wants the grand jury to see. That video has not been released to the public.

Despite facing possible indictment Stewart will race in this week’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Many would expect nothing more of Stewart than for him to continue to do his job as driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet, and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.

But the Stewart haters don’t feel the same way. Read the comments on Twitter and you’ll find many who have already tried and convicted him.

The truth is that no one knows when the storm will be over for the three-time NASCAR champion.  And no one knows how things will turn out.

One thing is for certain: there has been no shortage of opinions from so-called legal experts on social media, radio and TV. Some say there is no doubt that Stewart will stand trial, and most surely faces certain conviction. Others say the grand jury will find no fault and he will walk away a free man.

If indicted should Stewart continue to race? That is a question for the driver himself, as well as his sponsors, NASCAR and it’s fans. If you have an opinion on this I would like to hear it.

So far NASCAR and Stewart have handled the situation well.  It is highly unusual for a NASCAR star to be experiencing any kind of run-in with the law. NASCAR is so unlike The NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball where criminal behavior and trouble with the law are commonplace.

I’d like to know where you stand on this. Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

 

 

Comments

37 Comments on Tony Stewart Case Puts NASCAR in Unfamiliar Territory

  1. J.M. Strake on
  2. Give it up …No way was this done with intent.
    Ward did not belong out on the track. What if someone else hit him??Almost happned, he (Ward) went out to Steward…….DUMB……Went to far and to fast on a banked track……DUMB…Sorry it happned

  3. Dave on
  4. Didn’t mean to kill him but his temper might have gotten him in trouble here I believe.

  5. Susan Coon on
  6. Ward did not belong on the track, He took his own life in his hands when he went out there. Tony would not intentionally take someone life. That is not like him. anyone who believes that he did it on purpose is an idiot. Anyone could have hit him but he chose to jump at Tony. If you are going to race you had better know the rules.

  7. George on
  8. Like I said when this all started, there will be some small unknown DA who will be trying to make a name for himself, even at the cost of another’s life. Does this mean that from now on when a driver is injured, or killed, will the other driver be facing charges? I think more publicity should be about a driver getting out of their car while on the race track and cars still moving. Good luck mr DA, I hope you lose your shirt.

    I personally don’t know but the videos that I have so one shows one thing one shows another the one I saw the Boy jumps on the side of Tony’s car. The boys should’ve never got out of his car on the dark track. Only GOD knows exactly what happened and no one else. I don’t think there’s any chance at all that Tony would deliberately hit anybody with the car. Any driver you talk to says the way tony steered the car is the way you have to own dirt to make it turn. So please don’t convicted me body till you know all the facts . GOD BLESS EVERY ONE

    Tony I Love You
    GOD WILL PAREIL SO DON’T WORRY BUDDY

  9. Dwight Partin on
  10. Running up to the rear end of a
    sprint car on a corner is like running up to the ass end of a Mule. You know the rear end is going to come around.

  11. Chuck on
  12. Like Tony or not, he’s getting a bum deal. This was a racing accident plain and simple. The NY DA is trying to make a name for himself before a tough election at Stewart’s expense.

  13. Donna on
  14. Innocent until proved guilty. Not a staunch Tony fan, but am all about justice being served.

  15. H K Stoner on
  16. If Tony didn’t have any money the case would be closed.

  17. Pete on
  18. Parents trying to lay the blame on Tony instead of admitting the one at fault was their son. Sad but true.

  19. Shannon on
  20. This was a horrible accident, nothing more! I don’t care how bad Tony’s temper is, no one could convince me that he had any intention of killing a 20 year old racer. I think if Tony was penniless, this would probably not be an issue. If someone gets out of their car on I-85 and runs up to the side of my car and I unintentionally hit them, am I going to jail for murder?! There are rules on every racetrack, whether enforced or not, and Ward had no business running up to a moving car (even at caution probably doing 35mph). If Tony’s “temper”/actions committed murder, then Ward’s “temper”/actions make him culpable. I cannot imagine how his family is dealing with his death, and I am truly sorry for their loss, but he is equally to blame for this accident.

  21. Ben on
  22. Tony should not have spun his wheels he knew the sprint car would veer sideways. ward should not have been on the track. but tony knew the car would jump side ways he tried to scare him, but it back fired on him takeing a life Ward did not jump on tonys car as a person said. I looked and saw video. Tony was just being tony. A smart elec. I use to be a tony till this. I seen tony get on track throw his helmet at a car wind shield. nascar race this year. It is a bad deal for both parties. sorry for a death.

  23. Donna on
  24. First I want to offer my sympathies to the family of this young man but also want to say that Tony is innocent. This was an unfortunate accident. The young man should never have gotten out of his car. If he was upset, he should have waited for a more appropriate time to try and confront someone. He set his own fate by stepping out of his car. If Tony is convicted, an innocent man will have his career destroyed because of a mistake made by this young man.

  25. Mittens on
  26. If Tony wasn’t a rich driver/owner this would have been over immediately! Too many are prejudging and smelling money.

    If this happened to a local driver (not Stewart), we would have never heard about it. Why do you think the police say ” If your car breaks down on the highway, either stay in it or get away from the highway by getting way off to the side.

  27. Chuck on
  28. This was an unfortunate accident that took the life of one young man, and a life sentence for Tony who has to live with it every day.
    This is not something any driver wants to live with.ounce again, an unfortunate ACCIDENT.

    Mr. Ward should never have stepped out of his car….this was at night and he was wearing a black racing suit…..with all the dust, and excitement present…..sadly it was his own fault….just a terrible accident plain and simple !…Tony Stewart would never actually aim at anyone, outside their vehicle, with malice ….he would have confronted the person after the race ended !

  29. Mary on
  30. I don’t think Tony did anything intentionally to hurt anyone. He has to live with this the rest of his life. That’s punishment enough. Anyone who saw him when he first returned to racing, couldn’t miss the pain he’s enduring. My heart goes out to the Ward family and I pray God will give them the strength they need during this most difficult time. But to prosecute Tony for an unfortunate accident will in no way give any comfort to the Ward family. I am not a fan of Tony’s, but that doesn’t matter. Pursuing this, is simply wrong.

  31. Wendy on
  32. I’m sorry for the families loss, but Kevin should not have gotten out of car. That’s a fact, and everyone will have to live with that, but Tony wouldn’t or couldn’t do this on purpose, I personally think he didn’t see Kevin until it was too late as they aren’t working with a spotter as in Nascar, so by the time he came upon Kevin, it was too late. I can see a civil suit in the future as I’m sure a wrongful death case but Tony should still keep driving, it’s his whole life being in some type of racing car or another and as a person said before, it’s just racing. Tony will be in his own “hell” every day of the remainder of his life, putting him in jail or prison won’t bring Kevin back. Just a stupid mistake.

  33. Wm berkeley on
  34. If ward had followed the rules of racing he has no one to blame but himself,read the the rule book of racing it will tell you he was an idiot to go out on a dark race track in a corner where the assend spins out ward Tony is not to blame for this incident

  35. TAMMY on
  36. IF MR WARD WOULD STAYED IN HIS CAR UNTIL THE PAREMDICS COME THEN HE COULD OF GOT OUT THEN IAM ALL FOR TONY STEWART I MEET HIM IN 2004 AND SOME MORE YEARS HE IS 1 HECK OF A NICE GUY TO TONY STEWART IS , THE WARD FAMILY NEED TO LEAVE TONY ALONE I THINK IT IS ALL ABOUT TONY STEWARTS MONEY HE IS RICHER THEN THE WARD FAMILY EVER IS , JUST BECAUSE HE OWE,S A HELICOPTER AND HIS MANSION AND HIS TOUR BUS TO AND A FEW MORE STUFF , I GUESS THATS IS WHY THE WARD FAMILY IS REALLY JEALOUS BECAUSE HE OWNS ALL KINDS OF STUFF TO , /IAM ALL FOR STEWART TO , WHEN U ARE IN DIRT TRACK RACING AND ITS HARD TO STEER A CAR IN THE DIRT TO , OR EVEN I THE IN THE MUD TO , I HAVE BEEN TO SEVERAL DIRT TRACKS WERE PEOPLE HIT PEOPLE AND THEY STAY IN THERE CARS UNTIL HELP ARRIVES O THE SCENE , ITS ALL WARD FAULT HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR PLAYING DUMB ASS AND NOT PAYING ATTENTION AT ALL , I THINK MR , WARD DID NOT HAVE SINCE OF ENOUGH TO STAY IN HIS CAR , HE SHOULD WAITED TO COMFRONT TONY WHEN THE RACE WAS OVER WITH , / PLEASE TONY STEWART IS INNOCENT TO , HE IS NOT GUILTY AT ALL

  37. Carolyn Sheffer on
  38. Has anyone ever heard the word accident?

  39. jack on
  40. tony is too professional to ever do any harm to anyone let alone intentionally kill a fellow racer. I think the prosecutor is trying to railroad tony because he must be up for re-election.its all politically driven. the evidence presented by law enforcement should be enough to exonerate tony, so let sleeping dog lie and let tony try ang get past this terrible tradgedy.

  41. Sheila on
  42. A very tragic accident. The loss of someone is never easy, but to jump out of your car on a racetrack is ultimate suicide. Tony as well as many other drivers have a temper side to them – but that is all in racing…..when you are intentionally bumped or run into the wall anyone is gonna get angry – think about it…..and this is their career….racing for the win. On Tony’s side all the way.

  43. Ed Sims on
  44. This another way Lawyers, the News Meade, Auto racing HATERS will mess up the sports. If Stewart is convicted of this racing accident that will END AUTO RACING IN THE USA.. When you are racing you know what risks you take, and driver that gets out of his car on the track is a racing fool. It sad this happen but that is a racing incent.

  45. June Patton on
  46. No way should Tony be held responsible
    It was an accident. So sorry for all involved
    God bless you Tony.

  47. W.Cool on
  48. Mr. Ward would still be alive but his temper killed him. He left the relative safety of his racecar to walk out on a poorly lighted track with moving cars on it. Did he not think he could be run over?

  49. linda winborn on
  50. I do not think that tony would ever try to kill anyone….. on or off the track He is a good man. and a dammed good driver. the kid should have stayed in his car, and out of harms way. HANG IN THERE SMOKE YOUR FANS ARE WITH YOU>

    I personally do not think Tony Stewart did this intentionally ! The driver got out of his car on an active track …it was a horrible mistake on his part and tragic but to blame a driver for hitting and killing another driver in that manner? Seriously?! Why would Tony or anyone risk their career and everything on such an act of stupidity?! The driver was angry and did not think clearly in a moment of his anger…this accident could have happened to any driver at that point not expecting someone to come out of their car and be on the track at that point!! If not Tony, if could have been any driver that this happened to… I am very sorry for all involved and it is certainly a tragic loss but, to place blame on someone / anyone in this case is wrong. No one in their right mind would malicially kill someone like that on or off the track. Tony would not do such a thing!! Good grief!!

  51. randi on
  52. This wasn’t even an accident!!! IT WAS SUICIDE BY WARD!!! Anger management classes might have helped prevent it! Tony would never hit a human body with his car intentionally!!!!!

  53. Brenda on
  54. Mr. ward brock the rules when he got out of the car.
    hope the familys can get by this.and work togather so this will
    never happen again .to make it safer for all drivers.
    praying for all.

  55. PAUL PETERSON on
  56. I heard the type of Racing Tony was doing. It is very hard to see people. I feel Tony did nothing wrong, the other driver was on the track. Wrong place to be. I work with a Pit crew, rules cut and dry, stay off the track until Yellow flag comes up. That was 25 years ago, have the rule changed??

  57. terry mansfield on
  58. i believe that if we go ahead with this grand jury indictment we are jeopardizing the very heart of the sport;
    because these kind of things happen;
    but if we hold everu driver liable for wrecks causing injury there would be no point in racing;
    my greatest thoughts go out to the ward family ;
    things will happen and it is all part of the risk we take for our actions on the track.

  59. cindy squires on
  60. was only an accident

  61. Jo on
  62. Everyone knows that this was an accident. I’m afraid of it going before a jury who isn’t familiar with racing. The speed, the lighting, the fact Ward was WAY DOWN ON THE TRACK, and another car was in front of Stewart, AND Ward was in dark clothing. All these factors lead up to this tragic death. Just a bum rap trying to get pinned on a devoted racecar driver. Really sad

  63. Bill on
  64. It’s sad that the young man died as a result of his actions. A bad decision brings bad consequences. The media has reported that Kevin Ward had enough marijuana in his system to be impaired and his family wants to go ahead and sue Tony in civil court. I hope that Tony doesn’t have to pay them a dime. And I hope Tony continues to race and enjoy racing outside of Nascar. Some race for the money. but when Tony is not in a Nascar event, he is doing it because he loves this sport. If the car that hit Kevin would have been driven by one of the local racers and Kevin died in the same manner, I doubt that Kevin’s family would be considering a civil suit. Once again it was a bad consequence to a bad decision brought on by Kevin Ward.

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