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Racer Kevin Ward Jr.'s Friend Gives Eyewitness Account of Tony Stewart Accident

Racer Kevin Ward Jr.'s Friend Gives Eyewitness Account of Tony Stewart Accident

An eyewitness account from the scene of the accident involving sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. and veteran NASCAR racer Tony Stewart has emerged.

It appears that Tony hit Kevin‘s car and caused it to swerve out of control. The young racer got out of his car and reportedly was yelling at Tony‘s car as it made its next lap around the track. That is when Tony ran his car into Kevin, who was standing on the side of the track.

Tony pinched him into the front stretch wall, a racing thing,” Tyler Graves, a friend of Kevin‘s and fellow sprint car racer told The Sporting News. “The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.”

“I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars,” he added. “When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards.”

We’ll continue updating more with this developing story as the details emerge.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Kevin tragically died in the crash

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81 Responses to “Racer Kevin Ward Jr.'s Friend Gives Eyewitness Account of Tony Stewart Accident”

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  1. 1
    88 fan Says:

    What was he doing out of his car walking down the track trying to confront
    Stewart during a race?

  2. 2
    Warren Duke Says:

    This is a sad situation. Tony Stewart obviously did not intend to hit Kevin Ward. But you have to say to yourself. What kind of an idiot gets out of their car in the middle of a race just because your car got bumped into the wall? What kind of immature kid does that? Stupid is as Stupid does

  3. 3
    Driver8 Says:

    “50 yards”?

    Uh, no. Not under any laws of physics. Praying for the young man.

  4. 4
    fairdeal Says:

    He sped up? …sad, but looks like murder. Time to ban race cars.

  5. 5
    DodgerDoggy Says:


  6. 6
    Fumanshoo Says:

    @88 fan: The same thing Tony Stewart has done to other drivers. Folks seem to forget about “Smoke” running out on the track to confront other drivers WHILE cars are still on the track.

  7. 7
    Rick Says:

    So very sad.
    On dirt, we know cars slide easily, and in a corner, it’s gonna drift a little. Why the hell did he come down on Tony. Yes . In the heat of the moment…but you really have to weigh your options…
    I cannot see Tony intending that, no way…
    Footage, all of it must be reviewed.

    God help Kevin, hope he’s going to be ok…

  8. 8
    judith Says:

    Are you for real he got out of the car because it was disabled he was on the side of the track when this happened mr stewart saw him gunned his engine and hit thi kid that sir shows intent if he didnt mean to hit him he would have gone around him not aimed straight for him

  9. 9
    Big diesel Says:

    I have zero sympathy for a dipshit that leaves his car in the middle of an ongoing race. Instead of running out pointing and yelling he should have sat his ass down and cooled off. Tiny Stewart has way too much to lose to do something as stupid as hitting someone intentionally. Use your heads folks rather than getting caught up in a witchunt

  10. 10
    matt Says:

    Kevin is dead… Pronounced earlier this morning…

  11. 11
    bob Says:

    yeah cause Nascar drivers never get out of their cars and approach the oncoming field…this so unheard of..obviously you guys aren’t golfers

  12. 12
    Mike Says:

    It’s typical to walk onto track, even for Stewart. Not smart, but its part of racing culture. If was a yellow flag too, there was no position in contest for Stewart, he could and should have driven by slowly, given the kid the bird as is typical, and drove on. Any racer whose been on dirt knows what happens in RW when you hit the throttle suddenly. That throttle application during a yellow flag is really really suspect. If he meant to throw the tail out with that throttle jump, it becomes a homicide.

  13. 13
    Ryan Says:

    It wasn’t murder by any means. For those who say it was intentional need to look back at the video clips and watch it. This was just a freak accident and sadly if you don’t stop and think about it, this could happen. Yes people get out or their cars to confront other drivers and show their displeasure but it’s a risk doing so. That being said what Stewart did was not intentional by any means. In my opinion he seemed to have tried to avoid him. The car got sideways and struck Ward Jr. Honestly if they tell you to stay in your cars till crewmen get to you, you should do so before getting near a moving car. There are so many ways this could have been handled differently but sadly Ward Jr let his temper take over and decided to walk near Stewarts car. My prayers go out to the Ward family losing a child isn’t way and this is gonna be a rough time for both them and Tony Stewart.

  14. 14
    John Says:

    @judith: he was in the middle of the track not the side I’m not saying his fault at all but he was not on the side of the track

  15. 15
    Piteus Says:

    These drivers are so skilled and the caution flag was out. Stewart swerved to make a point … it wasn’t murder, but it can easily be viewed as manslaughter.

  16. 16
    jeffpap Says:

    Yellow flag means slow down and avoid crashed cars and debris. He had to have been looking for things in the area of the car including a driver. The video shows he swerved toward the other driver and ran him over. Throw the book at this thug! This is intentional and murder. Throw him in the slammer! Let’s punish a criminal.

  17. 17
    jeffpap Says:

    One driver getting out of his car doesn’t give another driver a free pass to kill him.

  18. 18
    trae Says:

    Bunch of lies. Walking towards middle of track is best stated as such. Not standing at side of track. Lies and bs maybe if we all lie to each other things will get better. The Obama plan. Try the truth like maybe always you stupid racist dumbass thieves.

  19. 19
    jason Says:

    Good Job Tony, You killed the kid, he don;t give a chit, he gonna go race again tomorrow..

  20. 20
    Diedre Says:

    While I’m sorry that this young man lost his life and for the grief his loved ones must be feeling, it was an incredibly unwise thing for him to get out of his car on the racetrack in the middle of a race.

  21. 21
    Dr 0000 Says:

    I’m sure Stewart has telemetry on his car, so we need not argue about what exactly he was doing with his feet while this tragedy happened. Either way, thoughts and prayers to Kevin’s family and friends.

  22. 22
    GJMATL Says:

    @judith: ack he would still be alive.

    Are you kidding? On the SIDE of the track!??? If he had truly kept his ass on the SIDE of the track he’d still be alive today. Ward stalked and charged MOVING race cars! Darwin award winner

  23. 23
    Jennifer Sigler Says:

    It was completely unintentional. No driver would ever purposely try and hit someone. Immature people shouldn’t be drivers. I get getting into the heat of the moment, we’ve all been there, but we continued to walk down the track. Yes, other drivers avoided it, but he kept walking down the line as tony was approaching. It was a dimly lit track and Kevin was wearing all black, so anyone that brings up NASCAR drivers getting out of their car at a race has clearly never been to a race. They are completely lit even during the night races. Watch the video his wheels are turned away from Kevin. This is an absolute tragedy, but could be been avoided if an immature 20 hadn’t stepped foot out of his car. I feel sorry for Kevin’s family, but I feel worse for tony. Tony may be a “loose cannon”, but that’s only because he has so much passion for the sport and remember most NASCAR drivers that try to approach someone during a race NEVER run into the middle of the field. They approach them from the outside of the track. Experienced drivers are smarter than that.

  24. 24
    Jennifer Sigler Says:

    @jeffpap: clearly you have no knowledge of racing. Look at the video again and see his wheels are turned away from Kevin. The kid never should’ve been in the middle of the track, caution or not it was a dimly lit track and kevin was wearing all black.

  25. 25
    common sense Says:

    Come on…..Tony has confronted cars on a track going faster you morons. …..he knows that hitting the gas would have fish tailed and thrown on Kevin.
    Tony made it to the top as a bad boy bully and unfortunately the finger points to him as another bully situation just went horribly wrong……if he can sleep at night and live with himself after this incident he is truly a horrible person.

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