NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and his team have decided not to race at Watkins Glen today after an accident on Saturday night claimed the life of 20 year old racer Kevin Ward Jr.
Initially, Stewart and his Stewart-Haas Racing team said they were going to race today. After a night’s sleep, or lack thereof, Tony Stewart announced that he would not be participating in today’s race. A call that many on Twitter thought should be made to begin with.
Stewart was racing in a local sprint car event when he made contact with Ward’s No. 13 car and sent him into the wall. Ward then made the decision to get out of his car and try to confront Stewart while he passed by during the caution. There was a car in front of Stewart and that car swerved to miss Ward. However, Stewart did not swerve and struck Ward sending him some 50 feet across the track.
Whether or not Stewart’s actions were intentional, we do not know.
We do know this is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the Ward family.