Sprint Car racers give their take on tragedy and defend Tony Stewart

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Sprint Car racers give their take on tragedy and defend Tony Stewart
Nick DeGroot
By: Nick DeGroot
Aug 12, 2014, 6:48 PM

Here are some 'actual' experts shining some light on the incident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.

Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
Kevin Ward Jr.
Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
Kevin Ward Jr.
Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Chevrolet

Mark Tychoniewicz posted the following message on his Facebook account following the tragic accident that saw us lose young racer Kevin Ward Jr. There have been a lot of uneducated people going off about the accident with no actaul knowledge of the cars, so how about we hear the take of someone who actually knows what they're talking about...

In an interview with TWC News, Sprint Car racer Cory Sparks gave his thoughts and also defended Tony Stewart.

"From what I saw, Tony did everything in his power to turn down away from Kevin to avoid him," said Sparks. He also hit on the speculation surrounding Stewart revving his engine seconds before the impact.

Sparks noted that in Sprint Cars, in order to steer those machines, you need the rear wheels as much as you need the steering wheel. He believes that Tony got on the throttle to turn down away from Ward, which would explain the reports suggesting that the front of the car missed the 20-year-old racer, but not the right rear.

"Walking towards cars, like, I know the beast, I work around them. They're not an animal to flirt with. They're very dangerous," said Sprint Car racer Ryan Bickett in an interview with Keloland TV.

So far, at least five tracks across four states have implemented stricter policies regarding drivers getting out of their cars and walking on the track. Some forms of punishment even go as far as suspension and track bans.

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Series Sprint
Event Canandaigua
Sub-event Saturday race
Location Canandaigua Motorsports Park
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Ward Jr.
Author Nick DeGroot
Article type Analysis