NASCAR champ Tony Stewart pulls out of race after hits, kills driver

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elocutionist wrote:

This is typical behavior for gorillas, etc.– when a big dominant male gets challenged by a smaller newcomer, he uses intimidation and even force to snub or cripple the challenger, thus pumping himself back up to the top, so his ego can drink in the limelight and self-exalt in brutal egoistic domineering thughood. In animal societies, brutality rules, and is never punished. Human societies differ, since humans have conscience and the will to propose principles of justice and to enforce those– however, in some cases attempts to subvert and therefore revert to animal level of brutality can slip through the moral fiber of conscience, thereby threatening the stability and order of societies based upon moral principles and human decency. When we look around, we can see war atrocities, ruthless dictators, race hatred, and surges of corruption, here and there, that threaten to undermine the dignity and decency of humanity as it exists in civilization. That is why conscience and justice must be propelled forward by a determined force of will that is stronger than all animalistic passions, stronger than all hatreds and petty grievances, stronger than all subversiveness that exists on the earth. That is the only way to safeguard human civilization– merely by having the will to care and to do what is right.

Aug 10, 2014 5:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kafantaris wrote:

“The prior lap, Tony had gotten into him – just spun him, nothing big, just spun him around. The caution came out. He hopped out of the car – the driver of the 13 … he hopped out to go and yell and point a finger at Tony, typical thing. Tony came around … the back end slid out, and he definitely caught him – I couldn’t tell if it was with the front or the back of the car.” — witness Adam Dulski
First off, a driver should stay in the car after a wreck. This is the rule of every track.
But then we have Stewart getting close to a man on the track on a caution flag — and even trying to slide the car next to him.
If he spun the car because he was startled, then we have an accident. But if Stewart knew there was a man on the track and meant to scare him or nudge him by kicking the rear end out, then we have a criminal homicide.
Here is what other eyewitnesses are saying:
“What happened was the back end kicked out and clipped the guy and the guy flew across the track.” — Rich Willis
“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.” — Tyler Graves
“Was at Speedway and right near Tony Stewarts race hauler. After he came in he had the crew change his right rear tire. They ended up putting a left one on. Cops were told about it so hopefully they do something about it. He also had a Go Pro camera on his car hopefully they confiscated that also before that gets destroyed.” — Timothy Burke
deadspin.com/reports-tony-stewart-ran-over-opposing-driver-during-1618893708/+bubbaprog

Aug 10, 2014 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fanderho wrote:

“an incident that dealt a blow to one of the sport’s accomplished and highest paid drivers.”

I’m pretty sure Tony Stewart dealt the blow.

Aug 10, 2014 4:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Daleville wrote:

“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.,” Stewart said in a statement. “It’s a very emotional time for all involved.”

Sure there are words. How about “business as usual”?

Stewart was going to drive today until someone told him how bad that would look. He killed someone and doesn’t even seem to care at all. Notice that his car is still in the race with another driver. I would think that anyone with any decency would have pulled the car entirely.

You can bet it is an “emotional time” for Kevin Ward’s family!

Somehow, I feel that the most emotional thing that Stewart is feeling is worry about how this will affect his career.

Aug 10, 2014 5:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

“In the relatively low-stakes and chaotic race, Stewart hit Kevin Ward, Jr., who stepped out of his car and onto the track…”

Yeah, that about sums it up. R.I.P.

Aug 10, 2014 5:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CF137 wrote:

If Ward had not lost his temper and stayed in his car, he’d still be alive.

Aug 10, 2014 6:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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