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Racer says crash that killed
Kevin Ward Jr. was avoidable

New York Post, by Lia Eustachewich

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/12/2014 4:40:41 AM

Upstate cops intensified their probe into whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart intentionally mowed down and killed a rival — while another racer said he thought the tragedy could have been avoided. Paul Kinney — who was also competing when Stewart’s car struck driver Kevin Ward Jr. on a dirt track in Canandaigua Saturday — said he clearly saw Ward on the track and managed to dodge him himself. “I seen Kevin clear as day. Nobody else ran into him, either,” he told NBC News, noting he was close enough to see Ward’s face after the 20-year-old stepped out of his

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 8/12/2014 5:19:02 AM     (No. 9962500)

"I seen Kevin clear as day". Derp derp.


Actually, the driver makes a couple of good points. First, of all people a champion driver at the top of his game makes his living and stays alive by seeing past the cars in front of him to know where he must be.

Second, a lot of people have observed that one steers these heaps more by throttle. Some have suggested Stewart blipped the gas to avoid Ward on his right. This driver, who actually drives these cars, said that adding throttle makes the cars drift outward,
that is, to the right of the line you´d been taking.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mazeman, 8/12/2014 6:36:33 AM     (No. 9962533)

Rule of thumb: Don´t run INTO traffic and try to tackle a sprint car.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/12/2014 6:43:18 AM     (No. 9962542)

Too much history between these two guys for an immediate declaration of innocence.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jntsrgn, 8/12/2014 7:08:38 AM     (No. 9962566)

Only Stewart knows the truth and without a confession this seems impossible to prove.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PatrickTex, 8/12/2014 7:14:13 AM     (No. 9962570)

He may continue to race and get away with killing another driver, but he shouldn´t have the respect of any fans and received ZERO endorsements/sponsors...... The decent thing to do is "retire" from racing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Merlin251, 8/12/2014 7:29:22 AM     (No. 9962586)

Talk about weapons grade stupidity!!! Kevin Ward Jr. gets into an accident, gets out of his car and intentionally walks onto an active track, at night, wearing a black jump suit, and places himself in front of his own car that is painted in a black base coat, what could possibly go wrong???

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Reply 7 - Posted by: god of irony, 8/12/2014 7:53:16 AM     (No. 9962617)

#1, they weren´t racing when the accident happened. Stewart´s view was obstructed by the car right in front of him and he was most likely looking for debris on the track in front of him and up and right. Also if the car kicked right that means he was going left which is away from Ward. Most likely an attempt to get AWAY from him.

#3 since when did anyone have to prove their innocence?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Woodiedg, 8/12/2014 7:57:55 AM     (No. 9962620)

Kevin got out of his car and walked on the track in rage with the intent to fight Tony.

Stupid! Deadly Stupid!! Just dumb!!! Kevin gets the Darwin Award at the track.

Seeing the video, Tony probably did not see Kevin until the last second, swerved to left
to avoid hitting him and gunned it. Unfortunately, the car reacted with a rear end spin to the right and the right rear tire hitting Kevin and running over him, probably killing him instantly. Well he got even with Tony, as Tony will have to live with the fact that he killed Kevin...The one at fault here is Kevin, too young in the sport to be a good sport and accept the crash without blame and trying to get even.

Lesson to be learned here for you young hot heads. HOT HEAD LEAVES YOU DEAD!!!


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Reply 9 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 8/12/2014 9:09:17 AM     (No. 9962731)

Tony Stewart is a hot head and not-so-nice guy, but he is entitled to the benefit of the doubt. At worst, he may have wanted to spray Ward with gravel, and it went horribly wrong, but given how fast everything played out, I doubt he even had time to form that intent.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: mikkins2, 8/12/2014 9:12:02 AM     (No. 9962737)

Course under caution.
Several other drivers avoid Ward and state Ward was clearly visible.
The car is designed to slide out to the right when it breaks traction due to its set up. Stewart is a professional driver and this is not his first race in this model of car.

Stewart clearly jumps the throttle when he sees the kid, most likely to intimidate him.

Ward should have stayed in his car. If you watch NASCAR they ADVERTISE the sport showing TONY STEWART OUT OF HIS CAR, ON AN ACTIVE TRACK, RUNNING TOWARDS ANOTHER CAR TO THROW HIS HELMET AT IT WHILE IT IS MOVING.

Ward could be said to only be imitating what he has seen Tony Stewart do several times before.

You can defend Stewart all you like. The video clearly shows Stewart jumping on the throttle which encourages the slide of his car as it is designed to do. No other car did this but Stewart´s during the caution passing Ward.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/12/2014 9:14:03 AM     (No. 9962739)

Point well taken, 7. But as one who lived in the Durham community during the Duke lacrosse scandal, I know that premature, instant declarations -- as to either guilt or innocence -- can ultimately prove to be way off.

The only brief I hold is for circumspection.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mikkins2, 8/12/2014 9:20:18 AM     (No. 9962747)

Note to above.
I do not think Stewart killed Ward with intent. Wards death was a result of unintended consequence by both parties. Each has his share of responsibility. One was punished for his mistake by forfeiting his life. The other most likely will forfeit his career.




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Reply 13 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 8/12/2014 9:40:55 PM     (No. 9963668)

Everyone knows this mishap occurred under cow shin. That´s the part of the race when the drivers are supposed to slow down, be extra cow shuss and observant, and not be looking for an opportunity to pass. Since we´re competing to be Captain Obvious.

Stewart was several seconds behind the car ahead of him.

Ward´s car and its wings and fences were covered with a jumble of sponsor logos and artwork. Ward´s solid black suit provided a definite silhouette in front of that variegated backdrop.

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