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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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Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, the Post´s statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections. Election Lab puts Democrats´ chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent -- a huge change from even a few months ago when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control. (Worth noting: When the model showed Republicans as overwhelming favorites, our model builders -- led by George Washington University´s John Sides -- warned that the model could and

Obama seeks faster phaseout
of popular coolant in effort
to curb greenhouse gases

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Washington Post, by Joby Warrick    Original Article
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The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical coolant used in refrigerators and air conditioners, citing growing evidence that the substance is contributing to the warming of the planet. The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort. The administration is simultaneously stepping up diplomatic efforts to

Ferguson Mob Threatens StL County
Leaders: “If Wilson Get Off, Y’all
Better Bring Every Army Y’ Got,
Cuz It’s Going Down”

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
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Hundreds of Ferguson protesters and local far left activists packed the St. Louis County Council meeting last night in Clayton, demanding action in the Michael Brown shooting case. Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 after he robbed a local Ferguson convenience store. Brown reportedly smashed police officer Darren Wilson in the face, severely injuring Wilson, before he was shot dead. Protesters threatened continued rioting and violence if Officer Wilson is let off. (Tweet) The mob told Councilman Steve Stenger that he has until noon on Wednesday to denounce County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who endorsed Stenger’s

Michelle Obama to hold fashion workshop
at the White House next month

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New York Daily News, by Beth Stebner    Original Article
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First Lady Michelle Obama is proving herself a very dear friend to the fashion world. Obama, a master of both high and low sartorial styles, will be hosting a Fashion Education Workshop at the White House next month. According to an email obtained by Women´s Wear Daily, celebrated designers like Prabal Gurung, Reed Krakoff, Maria Cornejo, and Bibhu Mohapatra have been invited to attend "to bring members of the fashion industry to the White House and enlighten, educate and mentor the next generation of fashion leaders." In addition, college students from around the Washington area will attend the Oct. 8 educational workshop, which

Can We Talk --- About Pot?
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Jewish World Review, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/16/2014 8:42:55 AM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton never inhaled. Rush Limbaugh says he never smoked it. Marco Rubio won´t answer whether he ever did smoke pot but Sarah Palin admitted she smoked it in her youth and didn´t like it. Those pushing to have more states legalize marijuana consider this drug rather harmless, medically beneficial and liberal politicians consider this issue one that will attract voters. I don´t blame Rubio for not discussing whether he indulged n his youth or not. He is a public official with young children and carries a different responsibility than the rest of us. My own experience with marijuana was somewhat similar

Gillibrand: I Wanted To Tell Colleague
To Go F–k Himself

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New York Post, by Joe Tacopino    Original Article
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped an f-bomb during an interview Monday, while trashing a loudmouth male colleague who criticized her weight. The New York Democrat said she was enraged when the politician had the gall to tell her she was too fat to win election after giving birth to her second child. “I had to just sit there and talk to him,” Gillibrand said in the interview, posted on the Huffington Post. “I switched the subject and I didn’t hear another word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go f–k himself.”

Sarah Palin Jokes About Makeup-Free
Photo, Says She Looks Like a
´´Sheepdog!" See the Funny Post

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E! OnLine, by Brett Malec    Original Article
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Just call her a pit bull without lipstick! Sarah Palin is proving she has a sense of humor about the makeup-free photos that surfaced this week. On Monday, the 50-year-old politician was photographed by paparazzi looking fresh-faced without any cosmetics on. But instead of getting mad about the slyly snapped no-makeup shots, the former Alaska governor took to Facebook to joke about the incident. "Feel bad for the poor paparazzi hounding outside my truck this morning hoping to capture a tabloid ‘exclusive´ of me coming out of Bikram Hot Yoga. How about we take away their ‘exclusive´ and I´ll give


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