Tragedy struck Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York Saturday when Tony Stewart pushed Kevin Ward, Jr’s car into the wall in turn 2 of the Sprint Car Race.
The wreck caused one of Ward’s tires to deflate, so Kevin got out of his car, on the track, to yell and point his finger at Tony Stewart as he passed in the caution lap that followed.
Ward got too close to Stewart’s car and appears to have been pulled under the wheel and then thrown down the track a few yards.
The 20 year old driver was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. at the local hospital.
NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning, which Stewart co-owns, issued the following statement:
“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating. Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”
Ontario County Sheriff Phillip C. Povero says “This is an ongoing investigation of an on-track crash.”
Povero also says that the 43 year old Stewart is being “fully cooperative” in the investigation and is “extremely upset” about the incident.