Father: Why’d Stewart go high?
Tony Stewart faces no imminent charges in the racetrack death of Kevin Ward Jr., but the father of the driver killed at Canandaigua Motorsports Park questions Stewart’s innocence.
“Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see him,” Ward Sr. told the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Ward Jr., 20, was pushed into the wall when Stewart bumped his car in the dirt-track race in New York. Ward Jr. got out of his car and walked onto the track, where he was struck by Stewart.
“Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night. Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there’s no reason for it,” Ward Sr. said.Ontario County sheriff Philip C. Povero issued a statement Tuesday setting expectations for a two-week investigation, including a recreation of the fatal crash. Povero said there are no facts to support a criminal charge at this time.
Wednesday morning Canandaigua posted a schedule for the week that includes plans to resume racing this weekend.
Stewart has not talked publicly since the incident and pulled out of the Sprint Car race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Sunday. He has not announced plans for this week, when the Sprint Cup comes to Michigan International Speedway.
Stewart is on the entry list for Sunday’s race. He withdrew from a sprint-car race Saturday at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana, according to the track.
“It is still an emotional time for all involved, Tony included,” team representative Mike Arning said. “He is grieving, and grief doesn’t have a timetable.