Pray for Kevin Ward Jr. after horrific sprint car accident involving Tony Stewart
We do know that there was an accident on track in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York, involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. After the incident Ward got out of his car and was upset, then walked toward Stewart as the cars on track drove under caution.
We know that Kevin Ward Jr. was touched by one of Stewart's wheels and injured -- we do not know how severely at this point.
According to an eyewitness report a spectator told to Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News, "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."
Now is not the time to speculate about what exactly Tony's intentions were. I do not believe he would intentionally harm anyone walking on a racetrack, but that's just my opinion. The police are investigating and will determine what they believe happened. Now is also not the time to speculate on how all this could affect Tony Stewart's life -- NASCAR and otherwise.
Now, the only thing we should do is pray for Kevin Ward Jr. to survive and recover from this horrific incident.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park issued a statement early Sunday morning saying they would not have an official statment on the accident that happed Saturday night until Sunday morning.
Think good thoughts tonight everyone.
UPDATE (3:14 a.m.):
The worst news possible came through just now -- Kevin Ward Jr. has passed, was dead on arrival at the hospital. I guess those prayers belong with his family now, as they struggle to figure out why this had to happen.
I'm sure this will weigh on Tony Stewart more than we can even imagine; but I'm also sure the police are considering whether legal action is needed here. This tragic tale will no doubt be in the news for a long time and have a major impact on the world of motorsports.
And more important than all of that, R.I.P. Kevin Ward Jr.
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