Posted: 11 August, 2014
Sprint dirt-track driver Kevin Ward has been killed after being struck by a rival racer
WARNING: This video may be distressing for some viewers.
Nascar driver killed in race Video: YouTube / Sky Sports
Sprint dirt-track driver Kevin Ward Jr. has been killed after being struck by rival twice NASCAR Sprint Series champ Tony Stewart during a race in Canadaigua, New York.
Nate Ryan, Motorsports Reporter On Triple M
As you can see in the video above, Stewart's car collides into Ward's, sending him crashing into the wall.
The 20-year-old Ward is then seen getting out of his car and walking into ongoing traffic on the dirt track while pointing at Stewart. He then gets hit by the car. He was later pronounced dead.
Stewart later released a statement on his Facebook page, which you can read below.
Tony Stewart Statement
Nascar driver Tony Stewart Photo: Getty Images
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., (Aug. 10, 2014) – The following is a statement from Tony Stewart regarding the fatal accident last night during the sprint car feature at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park involving Kevin Ward Jr.
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Kevin Ward Jr. and Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart's Aussie Connection
In 2011 Tony Stewart was involved in a incident about track conditions at the Sprintcar National Event in Granville, Sydney.
The NASCAR champion, who was competing in the race with ten other Americans, became involved in a stoush with Sydney Speedway co-owner Brett Morris. He was questioned by police but later released without any charges.
This is what the Police said at the time:
''Police from Rosehill central command were alerted to an altercation involving two men at a race car track.
A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene after a 46-year-old man was allegedly hit in the face by a racing helmet. The 39-year-old man was released without charge, pending further investigation."