Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tony Stewart might be in big trouble in New York

Tony Stewart hit driver Kevin Ward Jr., who walked toward Stewart's car after the two had an altercation at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, according to spectators at the race.

The three-time Cup champion was racing a sprint car in the Empire Super Sprints series at the half-mile dirt track in upstate New York, about an hour from Watkins Glen International, site of this weekend’s Cup race. He is scheduled to start 13th.

The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed there had been an accident and its investigators are at the scene. There was no immediate announcement on Ward's condition. Racing was canceled for the rest of the night after the accident.

Tyler Graves, a sprint-car racer and friend of Ward's, told Sporting News in a phone interview that he was sitting in the Turn 1 grandstands and saw everything that happened.

"Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing," Graves said. "The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.

"I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards."

Rich Willis, who was at the track, said he didn’t see exactly what happened but his sister down in Turn 1 did. His description was similar to that of Graves.

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