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Family of dead racer rips
into ‘d**k’ Tony Stewart

New York Post, by Chris Perez

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/11/2014 2:55:07 PM

The aunt of the sprint car driver who was struck and killed by auto racer Tony Stewart on Saturday has blamed the NASCAR hothead’s temper for her nephew’s death. “Thanks for thinking of our family tony Stewart when you decided to be a d***!,” said Wendi Ward, aunt of driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was fatally struck when he exited his vehicle to confront Stewart during the caution flag of a dirt track sprint car race in upstate New York on Saturday. In the emotionally heated message posted Sunday on Facebook, Wendi Ward opened up about the initial shock of losing Kevin

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 8/11/2014 3:07:39 PM     (No. 9961776)

My gosh, this is NOT Stewart´s fault. The kid made a terrible error in judgement, let his anger guide his actions, with tragic consequences. Dark clothes, dark gravel track..it was unavoidable and a terrible tragedy. I´m sorry for the families involved, and especially Stewart, who will have to live with this on his conscience, the rest of his life.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/11/2014 3:09:47 PM     (No. 9961779)

One wonders if NASCAR is concerned about the brand.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/11/2014 3:09:53 PM     (No. 9961780)

Their outrage is understandable.

But I walked with my husband about this. First of all, walking on the track in the face of oncoming racing cars - even on a caution - is not done. It is crazy.

As for the ´swerve" at increased speed that one friend of the victim described, when trying to make this a deliberate attempt to injure or kill, it isn´t hard to visualize a person driving down a roadway and seeing someone coming at him on the right of the roadway. Another car ahead of Stewart may have blocked his view until the last moment. That car swerved to the left to avoid hitting Ward. Steward would then have seen Ward. If he was left with little time, he would have increased his speed as he also swerved left. That could have caused the right rear of his car to fishtail around, which caught Ward.

Sad all around. Racing is unsafe when everyone does the right thing. We´ve done it (not this kind). Stuff happens. What Ward did was beyond foolhardy. Killed by his own road rage.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/11/2014 3:10:23 PM     (No. 9961781)

Correction: I talked with my husband...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/11/2014 3:10:41 PM     (No. 9961783)

Classy. Way to honor your dead relative.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/11/2014 3:10:44 PM     (No. 9961784)

I´m sorry, but the kid´s temper made him a "Darwin Award" winner.

Catch him after the race, but don´t walk out on an active track to try to confront him.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 8/11/2014 3:11:32 PM     (No. 9961787)

Having watched the video before it was scrubbed it is amazing to me that this happened. I´m not qualified to say if this is normal action but walking out on an active racing track strikes me as a Darwin Award winner effort and not a rational effort. One would think heading to the pits to kick his arse would make more sense than taking on a racing machine in its element. Sorry for this tragedy but I can´t fault a racer for anticipating illogical action.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/11/2014 3:20:39 PM     (No. 9961799)

Yes, but could you walk AND talk with him, #4? ;)

I have heard the exact same thing from folks I know who know about these things. You NEVER exit the car unless it´s on fire.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 8/11/2014 3:21:19 PM     (No. 9961801)

Sorry Aunt Wendi, your nephew died from what use to be called, "misadventure". He made a poor choice and paid a terrible price. Unfortunately Stewart will have to live with your nephew´s poor choice for the rest of his life too.

I´ve been around racing since the 1960´s and would imagine this young man had been allowed to act like a hothead, if not encouraged to do so, by friends and family. After the race, go to the pits and have a fit because so and so, came down on him, or squeezed him into the wall,wait till next time...!!!! I´ve seen it all and participated more than I should. BUT, anyone that gets out of a car on the track before being told to by officials, even though some promoters encourage such behavior that sells tickets, is just plain asking for exactly what happened. No one to blame, but himself....!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 8/11/2014 3:23:36 PM     (No. 9961805)

I forgot to mention, that this was NOT a NASCAR race, there is a lot of difference between the Sprint (telephone company sponsored)Cup NASCAR and a sprint car race. NASCAR has enough to be judged on, they certainly don´t need something they had nothing to do with.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dman, 8/11/2014 3:39:43 PM     (No. 9961828)

Bad "vibes" all around.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 8/11/2014 3:44:13 PM     (No. 9961835)

Why did Kevin Ward get out of his car? first question. That´s all I need to know...Stewart is not to blame. I´m not into car racing. But common sense says when in a track accident (or whatever) stay in your car.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: athina, 8/11/2014 3:55:17 PM     (No. 9961853)

Young hothead plus an old hothead = something bad is going to happen. Looks like Stewart has a terrible reputation and maybe thre´s bad blood between him and the Ward family. Kid thinks he´s going to take care of business -- Tragic results.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: losgatos, 8/11/2014 3:57:00 PM     (No. 9961855)

I know nothing about car racing but did have a similar incident one time in Mexico. A guy was running to catch a bus and he was looking at the bus, not at my car. I swerved to the left to try to miss him and did accelerate. I wanted to get away from him quickly! He hit the car in front of the rear view mirror which hit him in the head and he flew through the air. I was sure he´d at least broken something but he was so determined to catch that bus that he jumped up and ran for it again. Bet he was sore the next day. So I totally understand Stewart´s defensive moves.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: rael, 8/11/2014 4:40:39 PM     (No. 9961900)

The kid´s running onto the track was stupid.
That doesn´t excuse Stewart running him over however. Stewart appears to have been trying to intimidate the kid right back. When he stepped on the gas the rear end of the car jumped out and hit the kid. If he had just driven by, nothing would have happened except for the kid yelling at him.

Make no mistake, Stewart killed that kid. Intentionally or not, I´m not sure. But he had no reason to step on the gas, the kid was just pointing at him and yelling. Stewart apparently decided ´to do´ something back and killed him. Remember Stewart had just put the kid into the wall. Obviously there were some tempers going on there.

That nothing is happening to Stewart is rather shocking. He is not blameless.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/11/2014 4:50:16 PM     (No. 9961910)

Stewart revved his engine. You can hear it in the clip and witnesses have said so. Perhaps his intent was to simply frighten Ward, but I think revving the engine before impact turns this into something more serious than unavoidable accident.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tipover, 8/11/2014 5:12:02 PM     (No. 9961924)

Bad temper, black racing suit and helmet. Dimly lit part of the track. He took several strides onto the racing line while directly facing oncoming traffic (the white stripes not visible to oncoming cars). These cars do NOT have headlights. Entirely the kids fault.

Note: If a car, on dirt, is snapped sharply to the left (to avoid a dark blob on the track) it is entirely likely that the rear can break loose to the right. Drive a dirt road & try it some time. To make it realistic imagine a dog or deer or ?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 8/11/2014 5:14:58 PM     (No. 9961925)

It would seem that the ´family´ have the same anger streak.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: fayebeck, 8/11/2014 5:16:42 PM     (No. 9961926)

Of course there will be a lawsuit and it´s not about the money of course. Stay classy family. 20 year olds are not known for their good judgement.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 8/11/2014 5:17:01 PM     (No. 9961927)

Looked like suicide to me. No other reason someone would go out in front of a car race.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Minuteman, 8/11/2014 5:18:27 PM     (No. 9961931)

Just watched the video and agree with #16.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: sw penn, 8/11/2014 5:25:02 PM     (No. 9961938)

Of course you know that sprint cars are steered with the throttle right?
On dirt tracks the steering wheel is connected to the front "plows".
That the outside tires are larger than the inside tires. That the steering wheel is more effective at speed with one of the fronts lifted by torque.
That they naturally track to the left?

You know that to make them go "lefter" faster
to avoid an obstacle on the track a driver would naturally use the accelerator to change the yaw of the vehicle without necessarily changing the speed of the vehicle.

The interpretation of "revving the motor" to intimidate or "brush" or spray the other driver
is more Rorschach than reality.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: shimmer128, 8/11/2014 5:41:53 PM     (No. 9961952)

Dear Aunt Wendy, calm down. Your nephew got out in front of a car race, how stupid is THAT?????? What did he think was going to happen? Did he think he and Stewart could duke it out in the middle of the race????

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Reply 24 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/11/2014 5:46:48 PM     (No. 9961963)

Saw the video and had the impression that Stewart did not see him quickly enough. Ward also walked into the racing groove on the track with cars coming at him. Dangerous thing to do. There was a car in front of Stewart´s a little to the left, and it looks like they swerved to avoid Ward. The car might have obstructed Stewart´s view and he could not react in time. Sadly, Ward exercised very poor judgement. Have seen drivers do this before, but they put much more distance between themselves and the cars on the track. Auto racing can be dangerous for everyone involved (including the fan), and its wise to err on the side of caution.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mikkins2, 8/11/2014 6:10:31 PM     (No. 9961988)

I watched the video. Several other drivers drove past the kid without incident while he was on the track. None of those other cars had a need to throttle at the same point Stewart did. When Stewart reaches Ward he jumps on the throttle causing the cars rear end to break traction which caused the car to slide up into Ward.

Stewart actions killed Ward, not intentionally, but he caused the kids death when he decided to jump the throttle of his car.

Note: Stewart himself has exited his car to throw his helmet at another drivers car during a race more than once for everyone to see. The kid basically was imitating what he has seen the "pros" do.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: snakeoil, 8/11/2014 7:01:35 PM     (No. 9962040)

Ward killed Ward. No matter how mean and rotten the other driver was, get your behind off the traffic lanes. Excepts for possums, I´ve never seen anything that stupid. Don´t know anything about either of them but Stewart is going to have a hard time continuing his career after this. This will follow him for the rest of his days.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: harper, 8/11/2014 7:44:43 PM     (No. 9962100)

"...Stewart revved his engine..."

Every sprint car I´ve ever seen or worked had no transmission, clutch or differential.

Just an in and out box and a spool. You can´t push the clutch pedal in and rev the engine as if in neutral. If you rev the engine, the car accelerates, but probably pretty slowly at the low speeds shown.

No differential and the usual tire stagger of an oval track car means the back of the car usually moves in some direction as power changes.

It appears the victim was trying to crowd the car hard and maybe the idea was to accelerate past him as soon as possible because if he got between the wheels somehow, it´s all over. As we saw.

The victim knew the characteristics of a sprint car well.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/11/2014 7:44:56 PM     (No. 9962101)

I keep wondering what Ward intended to do by getting out of his car and walking into the middle of the track. Was he planning to force Stewart off the track? Was he planning to stop Stewart so that they could duke it out on the track? What he did was completely irrational and idiotic and he payed the price.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: velox, 8/11/2014 10:29:35 PM     (No. 9962307)

The guy was wearing all black and was almost hit by the car infront of Stewart.
The race is all left hand turns. A driver is looking left much more than he is looking right. After the first car missed the guy, Stewart had less than a second to see the guy, and make a conscious decision. The human response time is approx. 1/2 second. Even if Stewart had swerved into the guy it would not have been a conscious decision, but a reaction. It´s not like Stewart had a minute, 10 seconds or even 2 seconds to think about what was happening.
I have been hit by 3 skiers over the years.
In each case, I had about a seconds warning, I simply reacted and lowered my shoulder into them. In each case they were injured.
Did I do anything on purpose? Hell no, I reacted to a situation without even thinking.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 8/11/2014 10:56:51 PM     (No. 9962344)

Tony didn´t mean to kill Ward.

In a moment where he let his temper get the best of him (again) he probably forgot he was an open wheel car.

Instead of just slinging a little dirt at Ward the tire on Tony´s car caught him and that was it.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/12/2014 1:10:18 AM     (No. 9962426)

Nobody wins here. Count your blessings and move along.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: biggun, 8/12/2014 1:14:06 AM     (No. 9962428)

#22 and #27 get it exactly right. Dipstick Ward had no business getting out of his car on a live track. Deadly stupidity.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: agrunt, 8/12/2014 1:19:18 AM     (No. 9962430)

How much time did Stewart have to react to someone coming at him on the track? do you suppose he was surprised by a man in black running at his car on the tract? Do you think that surprise had anything to do with increasing his reaction time? You are talking reaction time from 1/4 to 1/2 second -- if he had any time before he hit hi. I have never seen so many back seat experts in my life. I am sorry for the family in their loss. Sickened by the press and very sorry to say the kid won a Darwin award for a very stupid life ending act.

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Mitt Romney and 2016:
Could It Be True?

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ABC News, by Alana Abramson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/2/2014 1:46:59 PM     Post Reply
A presidential defeat isn’t an easy thing to bounce back from. And Mitt Romney did it twice. So it was understandable that after he lost the presidential race in 2012, he was adamant about closing the door to the possibility of a third campaign. But recently, speculation is whirling that Romney may not be so adamant anymore. When asked if he was running in a New York Times interview published earlier this week, Romney said : “I have nothing to add to the story. We’ve got a lot of people looking at the race,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.” That response, which

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 6:55:38 PM     Post Reply
Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which

Most Texas abortion clinics shut down
as abortion rights recede in South

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Christian Science Monitor, by Patrik Jonsson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/4/2014 7:48:03 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — Texas, America’s second-most populous state behind California, saw 13 of its last abortion clinics turn away women on Friday, after a federal appeals court upheld a law that practically guarantees that only a handful of clinics will remain open in the state. The strictest-of-its-kind Texas law requires abortion providers to build hospital-grade facilities and obtain sometimes impossible-to-get hospital admitting privileges. After signed into law last year by Gov. Rick Perry (R), the law forced most of the 41 clinics operating to close. Thursday’s ruling wiped out a brief victory this summer for abortion rights proponents,

California’s next big political fight:
Plastic grocery bags

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Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 10/3/2014 9:19:26 AM     Post Reply
Go to a grocery store in California and buy all the milk, eggs and vegetables you want. But there’s one thing you won’t find at the checkout line, beginning July 1, 2015: Plastic bags to carry your stuff home. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first state to prohibit stores from using the ubiquitous carry-alls. Shoppers will be charged 10 cents for every paper bag and heavy-duty plastic bag they use. “This bill is a step in the right direction,” Brown said in a press release announcing his approval. “It

Lindsey Graham Mulling White House Run
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 10/3/2014 1:37:53 PM     Post Reply
The hawkish Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he is thinking about running for president in 2016. In an interview with Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, the senator, running for re-election to the Senate this year, said: “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said. Graham, 59, also dismissed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 43, as a presidential candidate, saying he is too young. “He’s a good


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