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

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Kellye De La Rosa

Posted at 7:44 PM on September 30, 2014  

I feel sad for his mom and dad! His aunt seems to be out for her 15 minutes of fame! The kid got out of his car! They now say he was on drugs! I think the family needs to just face it the kid killed himself by his bad choices! To aunt Wendi just stop let his mother and father handle it! You are causing more harm then any good! So please stop trying to justify your druggie nephew! Tony we stand by you and always will!

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may swan

Posted at 5:57 PM on August 27, 2014  

This is a very tragic, devestating, and heart-breaking incident. My prayers go out to kevins family and friends. Im sure this has and should cause pause in tonys life.

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Derek love

Posted at 4:58 AM on August 19, 2014  

The ward family is just looking for money.. Makes me sick…

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kathy

Posted at 12:00 PM on August 18, 2014  

Some of these comments are unbelievable…. Tony Stewart is a professional, he know’s what he’s doing.  Unfortunately, Mr. Ward was young and not as experienced, but he was not a kid (young man age 20, not a young kid….he was old enough to follow the rules and know better) got killed….does he not hold any responsibility for his own death, he should, unfortunately.
If you watch the “slow motion” video between 1:03-1:11, you see Mr. Ward jump onto Stewart’s right rear wing, holds on for awhile (getting dragged – still standing) then unfortunately can’t hold on anymore.
 When he jumps on, you can see Stewart’s back left tire crumble (putting even Stewart and possibly others behind him in danger) and the car pull to the right (that’s the wobble/fish tail)…again Mr. Ward was on Stewart’s car.  
After he let go, is when he hits the dirt and the tire goes over him.  
Watch it, you can clearly see it. Stewart probably didn’t see him until the last minute, if even that.  
I trust what the other drivers from that night and not, say about how the cars handle and the visibility, wet/slippery track, dirt track, darkness/poor lighting and the other drivers dark clothing…they are the professionals, not me.  
This is what they do for a living or sport.
 Dirt Track/Sprint is like night and day to NASCAR, totally different, so you can’t compare how the cars drive or even the differences in the tracks.  
Personally, I didn’t see Stewart’s car even touch/spin out Mr. Ward’s car…he should have followed the racing rules, Stewart had every right to be in that position, Mr. Ward should have backed off, Stewart may not have even known he was there or that Mr. Ward spun out and had an issue with him.
The main point is, Mr. Ward should NOT have left his car. My prayers go out to the Ward family and his friends, but my prayers also go out to Tony Stewart, he has to live with this for the rest of his life. I don’t care what people say about Stewart’s attitude, he may have been a hot head years ago, maybe even recently, but not to the point of Murder, in front of fans, on an active track…there is a time and place for confrontation after the race.  
Maybe, after some time of healing and the shock wears off, Mr. Ward’s family will review the video and see for themselves, that their loved one made a very tragic mistake. RIP Kevin Ward

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Steve

Posted at 4:02 PM on August 21, 2014  

I agree 100% with what you say.Never NEVER should he have left his car!! Bottom line.

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charmae1958

Posted at 10:56 PM on August 22, 2014  

Absolutely. Knucklehead kid.

 
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Ana

Posted at 4:11 PM on August 21, 2014  

I agree 100% The young man made a foolish and reckless decision that cost him his life as well as the career of Tony Stewart.

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nclem

Posted at 4:30 PM on August 16, 2014  

Obvious the writer of this story not a race fan. Tony Stewart drives the 14. It appears Kevin Ward Jr., after making a foolish decision to walk into the middle of a race track DURING A RACE was set to attack the wrong car, the 43, and then was hit by Stewarts car. If you’d ever been in one of these cars you would know how limited the visibility is. Tony Stewart likely never saw Ward, Jr. until the split second before the collision. A tragic collision which resulted in loss of life. Perhaps his parents should be kicking themselves for their son’s hot temper and not Tony Stewart.

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Sun

Posted at 1:33 PM on August 15, 2014  

It is so obvious to any true race fan that Tony did not do this on purpose. The other driver should have stayed in his car. The track was dark and there were no spotters to give any of the other drivers a heads up that a driver was out of his car. Ward could have been hit by any of the other drivers.

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Buhda Wilson

Posted at 9:37 AM on August 15, 2014  

This is so one sided and screwed up we need to throw everyone who says he reved his engine on purpose to hit him in a car on a dirt track for three seconds at 20 mph any faster and they would be visiting Ward. they steer with the motor and if you watch the video the car goes down on that side just as Ward grabbed the wing to jump on and got sucked under the tire Wise up and getting a damn clue the Ward screwed up and took his own life.

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H

Posted at 11:12 AM on August 14, 2014  

Fact 1: It is racing! Drivers slide into the wall, get run into the wall, get hit into the wall. and now because Ward is dead, people are acting as if this only something that Stewart does, when EVERY and I mean EVERY race car driver does it. (even Ward)

Fact 2: Stewart did NOT Hit Ward Head on! People are saying words like ‘ran down’. If Stewart “ran him down” then he would have been hit with the front of the car. NOW see fact 3.

FACT 3: WATCH THE VIDEO IN SLOW MOTION!! Ward Jumps onto the side of Stewart’s car and then appears to fall off, getting hit by the rear tire!!! How is THAT Stewart’s fault???

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Anonymous

Posted at 9:30 PM on August 12, 2014  

Watch the video folks and look at the back wing of Tony’s car. It looks as though Kevin jumped on the side of the car and tried to hang on the wing and fell off. There is a slow motion video circulating…..watch it. You can see him falling from the wing. If that is what happened he probably didn’t get a good grip to hold himself up since the car was going so fast. It was an ACCIDENT.

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mickey

Posted at 9:43 PM on August 12, 2014  

I disagree. It wasn’t an accident. Kevin deliberately got out of his car to jump in front of moving cars I call that a very bad choice. Tony wasn’t doing anything he shouldn’t have been doing, he was on a track in his car just like all the other drivers. I had an uncle that was killed at our family track. He ran out to get debris off track during a caution light and got hit. That’s why no one should be on track if they are NOT in a car!

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mickey

Posted at 9:16 PM on August 12, 2014  

I cannot believe that people are saying Tony is a murderer. Look at the facts, kevin jumped out of his car during a caution light when he could clearly see that the cars were not stopped. He dodged the first car and then jumped in front of Tony’s to yell at him. If he was any sort of a great driver then he shouldve known to stay in his car. Also what sort of 20 yr old yells at a 40 yr old? How disrespectful. Besides his car looks like he was already going into a slide before Tony got beside him. I’m so tired of drivers blaming someone else for their mishaps. it’s racing! Even my 10 year old knows to stay in his car no matter what!

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Sara

Posted at 3:12 AM on August 12, 2014  

I don’t know how anyone in their right mind could defend Tony Stewart. His history of violence towards other drivers alone says this probably wasn’t an accident and the fact that he hit Kevin’s car hard enough to spin him out and into a wall before he hit and killed him speaks volumes.

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william pounds

Posted at 12:11 PM on August 12, 2014  

yes you are right Tony knew what he was doing and now he is a killer…..

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mike

Posted at 3:42 PM on August 12, 2014  

You’re a moron!

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Steve

Posted at 4:11 PM on August 21, 2014  

You need to get a grip honey!!! you seem to have NO IDEA, I never really seen the 2 cars touch. AND Drivers have to take the blame for there OWN actions!! and choices!! Even BAD ones.
And kevin made a bad 1 costing him his life.

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Charley Reed

Posted at 10:49 AM on August 31, 2014  

Dear Sara, Kevin Ward was SAFE while inside his stock car, Great roll cage, Fire Suit, Hans Unit Helmet, Strapped in with a very good safety harness. (IF) is a big word. If Kevin had stayed inside of his car with all his safety equipment He would still be alive, So before you put all the blame on Tony Stewart, I suggest you get in any type Stock Car on a dimly lit
Dirt track with your face shield covered in Mud. driving behind other cars at yellow flag speed and see how well you see a dark figure on the track.

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Wes

Posted at 3:06 AM on August 12, 2014  

A 20 year old is dead because of the choices a hotheaded driver made. If the other cars could avoid Kevin then damit Tony could have also. He chose not too.

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Chris

Posted at 1:37 PM on August 12, 2014  

Yes, Kevin Ward Jr. is dead because of the choices of a hotheaded driver.

That driver is of course Kevin Ward Jr. Dude is responsible for his own death.

Natural selection — nothing more, nothing less…

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mike

Posted at 3:40 PM on August 12, 2014  

You are correct and unfortunately that hothead is dead

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nclem

Posted at 4:38 PM on August 16, 2014  

Obvious the writer of this story not a race fan. Tony Stewart drives the 14. It appears Kevin Ward Jr., after making a foolish decision to walk into the middle of a race track DURING A RACE was set to attack the wrong car, the 43, and then was hit by Stewarts car. If you’d ever been in one of these cars you would know how limited the visibility is. Tony Stewart likely never saw Ward, Jr. until the split second before the collision. A tragic collision which resulted in loss of life. Perhaps his parents should be kicking themselves for their son’s hot temper and not Tony Stewart.

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Pamela

Posted at 2:34 AM on August 12, 2014  

I’m suspicious of Tony’s actions since he was the one who threw Kevin into the wall and knocked him out of the race. Kevin got out of that car angry at “Tony” for being a d@ck and what a f@cking coincidence that “Tony” hit him and killed him, when he was the one who tried to kill him the first time by sending his car into the wall. Very few people are saying this was “an accident” but the ones that are don’t want people to rush to judgment, but they’ve already rushed to their own judgment and declared this an “accident”. Hypocrites are the worse kind of people in my opinion and it is hypocritical to say don’t judge, then it was just an accident and blame Kevin.

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william pounds

Posted at 12:18 PM on August 12, 2014  

Maybe the next race one of the drivers can do it to Stewart what Stewart did to them and see what Stewart does. You know what he will do is just what Kevin did he will go after them,but no one will run over Stewart like he ran over Kevin

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mike

Posted at 3:51 PM on August 12, 2014  

You are a moron too! It’s questionable if tony even put him in the wall. Ward went wide and was in the loose s@$t! As for the second time around, he was obviously pursuing Tony. Wards friend was a car or two behind tony and has said that there was nothing Tony could have done. I repeat Ward’s friend!

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mickey

Posted at 9:33 PM on August 12, 2014  

I agree Mike . Kevin’s car looks like his rear was going out of control before Tony even got by him. A

 
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Sun

Posted at 1:40 PM on August 15, 2014  

Nice language. Obviously you know squat about racing or the English language.

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Ana

Posted at 4:19 PM on August 21, 2014  

*don’t* know squat

 
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Ana

Posted at 4:20 PM on August 21, 2014  

Shut up, Meg…er, I mean, Pam.

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