Tony Stewart Kills Driver Who Confronted Him On Track
UPDATE 8/10/14 10:28amET - The Associated Press has confirmed that Tony Stewart will not take part in today's scheduled race at Watkins Glen International. Reagan Smith will take his place.
Indiana native and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a fellow driver who got out of his car to confront Stewart during a Sprint Car race at Canandaigua Motosports Park in New York Saturday night.
In the video below, fellow race Kevin Ward's #13 car got tangled with Stewart's #14. Ward ended up in the wall and unable to race while Stewart continued. Ward, clearly angry with Stewart, got out of his car and began pointing at Stewart's car as he continued around the track, moving his way to the lower part of the track to share his displeasure with Stewart's driving.
In the video, he is clearly pointing and gesturing at Stewart's car.
As Stewart got close to Ward, his car fishtailed, and the right rear tire hit Ward, sending him flying 25 feet and landing him motionless on the track.
Based on all reports, Stewart was visibly shaken when he spoke to police. However, as reported by WIBC News Director Mike Wilson, Greg Zipadelli, Stewart-Haas Racing competition director, said Stewart will race at Watkins Glen on Sunday as planned, saying it's, "business as usual."
According to Sherrif Phillip C. Povero of Ontario County, New York, "This is an ongoing investigation of an on-track crash."
A full update on the situation, the NASCAR response, the legal entanglements and the police investigation can be heard on Monday, 5am on Indy's Morning News with Tony Katz.
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