NASCAR’s Tony Stewart Crashes Into Kevin Ward Jr: See Video Of Deadly Accident

Sun, August 10, 2014 2:06pm EDT by 36 Comments 258,381 Article Views

Kevin Ward Jr. was tragically hit and killed by Tony Stewart in a dirt-track racing accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9. Watch the video of the terrible accident here. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died on Aug. 9 from injuries he sustained following an accident with Tony Stewart, 43. During the race, Kevin’s car hit the side and he stepped out of the car. While walking on the dirt-track, Tony accidentally hit Kevin and dragged him across the track with his car.

Tony Stewart Kills Driver Kevin Ward Jr: See Video Of The Accident

In the video, Kevin’s #13 sprint car hit the side of the track. After Tony’s car spun Kevin’s out, he walked out from his crashed to talk to Tony, an eyewitness claims. However, Kevin walked directly into the line of oncoming cars.

The #45 car barely missed him, but Tony’s car ended up hitting Kevin and dragged him a number of feet away. Viewers were shocked at what just happened before their eyes. “Oh, he hit him!” a fan exclaimed in the video. 

Tony Stewart: Fans Grieve Kevin Ward Death After Fatal NASCAR Accident

A number of screams are heard as medical help rushed to Kevin’s side. The 20-year-old was later pronounced dead at the hospital, CBS News reports. The last few seconds of the video show Tony’s car stopped on the tracks.  

Tony Stewart Drops Out Of NASCAR Race Following Accident

“Out of respect to the incident and the death and the ongoing investigation Tony Stewart is being urged not to race by Nascar officials on Sunday and has currently made the decision that he will not race,” a source told HollywoodLife.com. “He is very shaken over the incident.”

Tony released a statement on Aug. 10 about the accident and offered his condolences to Kevin’s family.

Kevin Ward Jr. Family Pays Tribute Day After Fatal Accident

“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr,” Tony’s statement read, according to ESPN. “It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Tony Stewart Slammed By Grieving Kevin Ward Jr. Family: You’re A ‘D–k’

NASCAR also released a statement over the accident: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fellow competitors of Kevin Ward Jr. We support Tony Stewart’s decision to miss today’s race and we will continue to respect the process and timeline of the local authorities and will continue to monitor this situation moving forward.”

Tony Stewart Thinking Retirement After Death Of Kevin Ward Jr.

Regan Smith, 30, will race in place of Tony at the Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, CBS News reports.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero announced that an investigation is underway, but it is not criminal, the outlet also reports.

We offer our sincere condolences to Kevin’s family and friends at this time.

– Avery Thompson

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Donna Crane

Posted at 2:05 AM on August 21, 2014  

My heart hurts for the Ward Family & for Smoke. I have seen the full video & any professional driver knows not to enter onto the track, caution or no caution. Watch the video closely, Kevin Ward Jr. walked on the track as several cars were going by & as Tony got closer Kevin walked farther out onto the track… The driver in front of Stewart almost hit him to but had room to go around him…Tony didn’t have that luck since Kevin Ward Jr. actually blocked him from going around by walking farther out onto the track. I love watching my NASCAR & miss seeing Smoke doing what he loves to do…racing professionally & respectfully! Jeff Gordon is my driver & Smoke is my backup driver…he would never intentionally run another driver over like some are saying …apparently those people don’t know these drivers as well as they think they do! Yes it is a sad , painful time right now but putting blame all on Smoke is not right at all. Kevin Ward Jr. was at fault just as much as Tony, if not more because of his choice of action to go out onto the track. Think about it, stop putting blame on Tony when it was Kevin who should of known better…apparently he had anger issues that blocked his judgment also!

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TED

Posted at 5:26 PM on August 27, 2014  

You are diluted….YOU LOVE SEEING TONY WART DO WHAT HE LOVES BEST???? i BET YOU BUY ALL HIS WORTHLESS JUNK TOO!!! PHONEY SPEWART doesint care about anyone but PHONEY toni!!! racing dont make this right, anyone who drives KNOWS what happened. Even if they dont want to admit it. Smoke is a good nickname…when his number is up, if he cant change his heart FOR REAL…..He will be surrounded by THICK BLACK SMOKE for real!

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John

Posted at 1:17 PM on August 17, 2014  

Race drivers run each other out of room all the time. That’s why it’s called racing. I’m not Tony Strwarts biggest fan either. Stewart could have held his car down farther rather then running it up the track that far just like ward could have backed out of the throttle and gave up some speed lost a spot and not hit the wall. I’m not saying that stewart running him up the track was right I was saying I don’t believe he meant to hit ward when he was out of the car. Ward had every right to be mad with stewart and the way he raced him. But just because the guy is a dickhead as you put it doesn’t make him a killer

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Humpybong

Posted at 7:16 AM on August 17, 2014  

Watch the video of where Stewart put him into the wall again. There is no reason for Stewart to be that high on the track except to take him and squeeze him into the wall. Stewart is culpable

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Humpybong

Posted at 7:06 AM on August 17, 2014  

The scariest thing about reading all of these posts is that you are all entitled to vote. Heaven help us all. Stewart is a dickhead

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John

Posted at 3:41 AM on August 17, 2014  

It would be wrong for me to describe how a sprint car handles. That would be ignorant of me but I have driven sprint cars. Even in New York State, Orange County raceway in middletown NY look it up.. Would still be doing it but can’t afford to have a competitive car it’s very expensive to fund one I started in quarter midgets and worked my way up to the bigger car. Anyway you’re message of hate to people commenting or having their opinions is why they have these blogs in the first place so you can voice your thoughts. Maybe you’re aware of the freedom of speech amendment because you exercised it in your blog. If you cared so much about peoples feelings you should have posted nothing it seems. Your message is hateful negative. I’m aware of the facts and as I said my prayers and thoughts go out to the ward family it was a terrible tragedy to such a young man. Maybe you should jump on another bandwagon as you put it

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Marty

Posted at 4:19 PM on August 16, 2014  

All you armchair warriors out there, that all of a sudden are experts on the way these cars are built, handle and operate… need to shut your ignorant, disrespectful, uninformed mouths. Your are entitled to your opinion, but you need facts to back it up. Otherwise you are relying on hearsay, faith, and emotions. Therefore turning your point into complete and total speculation.

The sad, unfortunate, and unmistakable facts are this:

1.) Ward exits his car to confront Stewart for the previous lap racing altercation.

2.) Stewart hits and kills Ward.

Those are facts…

The only real question is whether Stewart hit him intentionally or not… nothing more, nothing less. Local authorities and investigators are still gathering evidence and reviewing a second video. Do yourself a favor and let them do their jobs.

They were BOTH wrong as far as I’m concerned. Stating your opinion of how unintelligent the kid was, and flat out victim blaming, is absolutely disgusting and of no relevance. Nor does it help anyone, much less a grieving family, that I hope never has to read these comments. It just proves how disrespectful you people are behind a keyboard, and how you truly have no regard for human life. That part, is entirely my opinion of course. Now go find another bandwagon to jump on.

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Angela

Posted at 11:59 PM on August 15, 2014  

The headline of this article is REDICULOUS!!! “Tony Stewart in hiding…”???? Give me a break! I am an avid NASCAR fan and listen to NASCAR radio on XM and watch Race Hub daily. These forms of media seem to be the place anyone will get actual facts about what happened, what Tony is feeling and why he’s not talking. He has been instructed by the police and his attorney not to speak about anything until the investigation is over. Everyone calling themselves a “reporter” should give a little more effort in finding the REAL facts before reporting speculation or just try to get better ratings.

Thanks and have a nice day…

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Jason

Posted at 7:14 PM on August 15, 2014  

There is a reason he didn’t wait till the race was over to confront Tony Stewart… none of his buddies or the local fans wouldn’t have seen him do it…he lost his life tryin to show out for his buddies…. had been me, I’d threw my helmet at Tony then had him autograph it when he was done racing…

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Janine

Posted at 12:47 PM on August 15, 2014  

A tragic ACCIDENT! People are saying that all the other cars missed hitting Ward, while of course, because ward was walking down the track getting closer and closer to the cars that were trying to slow down for the caution, it was a stupid and fatal move on Ward’s part. There is no way in the world Tony Stewart hit Ward on purpose, all you people out there who think so need to give your head a shake and judge the reality of the accident and not your like or dislike for Tony Stewart. Racing is a dangerous sport.

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Donna Crane

Posted at 2:15 AM on August 21, 2014  

Very well said…I am impressed!

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Josie

Posted at 11:13 AM on August 15, 2014  

This video clearly shows ward’s car came around and hit the wall tony didn’t even touch it AND ward got out came down and GRABBED the wing of tonys car! For gods sake look at the facts not how you feel about stewart that’s irrelevant.

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Janine

Posted at 12:49 PM on August 15, 2014  

Thank you, you are so right!

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Derek Ericsson

Posted at 10:45 AM on August 15, 2014  

That is so deliberate it’s sick.

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jaco1984sky

Posted at 3:40 AM on August 15, 2014  

NO way is it tonys fault Slow it up Look at from the angles that have been showen,The blue car in front came close and ward kept walking.

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Z

Posted at 3:14 AM on August 15, 2014  

He swerved INTO him. Tony Stewart is a murderer.

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Janine

Posted at 12:50 PM on August 15, 2014  

You are an idiot!

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Phil

Posted at 2:33 AM on August 16, 2014  

I agree Z your a idiot

 
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AthensGA_Guy

Posted at 2:00 AM on August 15, 2014  

I’ve watched this video over and over, and its ridiculous to imply this is anything more than an accident. Let’s get logical here….Tony Stewart wouldn’t commit homicide in front of a stadium of people and on television. Ward put himself in a dangerous situation, it’s very clear there was danger when he was walking in the middle of an active track. I’m not beating up on the dead here, just saying what I see in the video, and that’s a young man with a temper that cost him his life .

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DZ313

Posted at 10:57 PM on August 14, 2014  

What a fool walking out onto that track. Young and dumb, but sometimes it costs you your life. I don’t think Tony is at fault.

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Mason Bradly

Posted at 10:42 PM on August 14, 2014  

This is the same video, only difference is its zoomed in….Maybe you should actually do some investigating before posting crap like this,,,,

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Ally casey

Posted at 10:33 PM on August 12, 2014  

He was soo stupid to walk in front of car even getting out of his car so he can talk to him while the race if I wear him I would of waited tell after the got done with the race to talk. It’s nobody’s fault but his. But oh well
U can’t blame him that he got sooooooo mad

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Donna Kesterson

Posted at 1:17 PM on August 11, 2014  

Horrible accident but that’s what it was. Ward’s temper caused him to make a bad judgement and unfortunately it cost him his life. My heart goes out to his family and to Stewart’s. I think new rules should be made to keep drivers in their cars

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AngryRacer

Posted at 12:37 AM on August 11, 2014  

The track officials should have gone to a red flag and stopped the cars as soon as the driver exited his car!

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me

Posted at 10:45 PM on August 10, 2014  

Stupid that Hotheaded Kevin Ward should not have been ranting,pointing walking onto the track like a maniac.Kevin would be alive to day if he had stayed in his car and not been raging at Stewart.Did Ward really think he was going to randomly stop a car going around the track with a pointed finger?.

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Sherry Redford

Posted at 2:17 PM on August 18, 2014  

I agree as I have been to some of the races. When you crash you should never get out and run out on to the track. Kevin took a chance and any of the other cars running could have hit him. So I do not blame Tony and he is not a person that would run someone down on purpose. He is a kind gentle soul and a very good driver. It has also been noted that Tony did not see Kevin because of the way the wing is on the car. Calling Tony a murderer is just plain stupid and awful. I know the man and I know racing and sprint cars slide around the turns etc. and the last thing Kevin should not have done is run out onto the track. I feel for Tony and Kevin’s family and it is a very sad and tragic accident that happened and there should not be any blame here. I do feel bad for Tony just take his place for a minute and think about how you would feel if that had happened to you.

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Loopy

Posted at 6:29 PM on August 10, 2014  

No winners in this race, mixed emotion for both sides

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John

Posted at 5:50 PM on August 10, 2014  

CRAZY!! There is no way that this was not the sole fault of Tony Stewart. He did not avoid Kevin Ward walking (yes angry that he was out of the race). Tony will need to answer, legally, to what occurred!!

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no need to answer

Posted at 6:15 PM on August 10, 2014  

forget it. this was an accident. ward should have been sitting in the car. safety rules. they got purpose. were broken. he got out in the race. it was dark. spotlights. he wore dark cloth. it’s a freaking dirt track. and the race was on. car in front of him into the curve. i doubt in that glimpse of a second he perhaps saw the dude he could have reacted or the car would have properly managed to steer where the guy didn’t run into this.

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Heather

Posted at 7:15 PM on August 10, 2014  

Clearly you don’t know how to drive. When driving at such a high speed, it’s extremely difficult for the car to swerve or stop right away.

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Suzanne

Posted at 1:06 AM on August 11, 2014  

How is that Stewart’s fault??? Ward NEVER should have gotten out of his car! My thoughts and prayers to all involved but this was his own hot temper that got him killed!

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Darren

Posted at 7:17 PM on August 15, 2014  

Road rage killed that young man not Tony, maybe Tony just tried to get his car to bite in order to avoid the young man, he should have stayed in his car.

 
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let me do it again

Posted at 2:50 PM on August 10, 2014  

so “viewer discretion” has now vanished? “see video” is in place? sensational journalism.

i get this. weekend shift on HL. ^_^

tragic indeed. but… what’s he doing there on the track anyway? thoughts are with the family. that tony stewart too. this is tough.

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keith

Posted at 2:47 PM on August 10, 2014  

What a horrible way to end your young life. Why in the world would he be walking on the track with oncoming cars coming at him unless he was addled from hitting his car. So sad for his family.

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Fulton Wilson

Posted at 11:51 AM on August 16, 2014  

First of all. Tony Stewart was the best and most experienced driver out there. He must have known that Kevin Ward’s vehicle had crashed. It does not matter whether he caused it or not. What is suspicious is that knowing that Ward’s car had crashed, he ought to had taken precautions when he returned to the spot.Ward was wrong to go n the racetrack. I see a case for manslaughter.

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Lafayette Mitchell

Posted at 3:31 AM on September 18, 2014  

Finally !!! a response from an objective point of view…

#14 caused the crash, forced #13 into the wall (WHY?? too fast for the turn? sliding out of control? intentional race strategy?) WHY??
In racing, when there’s a crash – aren’t you supposed to avoid the crash area and stay away from it?
How did FIVE other cars and drivers NOT hit him?
(watch again, 5, spell it F-I-V-E, and 3 drivers actually move lower(on the track) to miss him.
#14 revved the engine and was the ONLY one to move higher (on the track)
Was it darker when the #14 came around AGAIN? (to the same spot
where he forced a car into the wall? the lap before)
Apparently a short track, the lap seems to take only 29 seconds(even at reduced speed –
do the math 38 seconds at point of impact, Keven Ward,Jr gets killed,
9 seconds when he’s forced into the wall), [38-9=29]
so #14 couldn’t have forgotten.. you think?
#14 is reportedly the best, highest paid, professional driver on that track…

I’m not making a judgement – I’m just stating FACTS from this video…
Implying this young driver is as fault is like saying that sexy, teasing women SHOULD be raped.

An examination of your sincerity is this – switch the drivers positions AND results –
now what would your thoughts about this INCIDENT be if #14 driver was KILLED like this?

The ONLY one that is able to tell us WHY this happened is the driver is the driver of #14 car.
a grand jury nor the supreme court won’t be able to get to the bottom of this because #14 driver
doesn’t have to admit to guilt or innocence – he has to be proven guilty.

 
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