Driver Dies After Being Struck By Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car

by August 10, 2014

Kevin Ward Jr., a 20-year old of Port Leyden, N.Y. succumbed to injuries after being struck by Tony Stewart’s sprint car at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York Saturday night during a Lucas Oil SuperSprint A-Main feature.

The accident took place on lap 14 of the 25 lap feature. The two drivers were racing hard for position when they made contact that initiated the accident. Stewart slid up the track in turn two and forced Ward Jr. into the outside wall. Ward Jr.’s car sustained a flat tire after hitting the wall and getting airborne.

Frustrated, Ward Jr. ran out into the racing groove gesturing at Stewart where he was then struck by Stewart’s car and thrown a few yards from the original accident scene. He was transported to Thompson Health by ambulance where he was later pronounced deceased.

At this point, there are no criminal charges pending, and Tony Stewart has fully cooperated with law enforcement. The accident is an on-going investigation while law enforcement reviews video of the crash, an autopsy and other aspects of the situation.

Stewart-Haas Racing released the following statement:
“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating. Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”

UPDATE: Tony Stewart was slated to start 13th and compete in today’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, however during a press conference at 10:20 a.m. EST on Sunday morning, Greg Zipadelli, Vice President of Competition at Stewart Haas Racing announced that Regan Smith will drive Stewart’s No.14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet.