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Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

The night of August 9, 2014 was one that ended horribly.  It didn’t start out that way. That Saturday night started out as something that was supposed to be fun. A dirt track in Upstate New York was running its program like many others across America. As an added feature a NASCAR champion was racing; the stands were filled and fans cheered.

It all ended so horribly. Those in attendance witnessed a tragedy as a young man lost his life.  The true circumstances may still be debated but all the evidence seems to indicate that what happened was nothing more than a terrible, awful accident.  It left a family grieving over the loss of a son and the NASCAR champion in a state of shock.  The rest of the NASCAR world too was in a state of shock. Let there be no doubt however that no matter what anyone might think, there can be no argument on one point; Tony Stewart had no intention of bringing any physical harm to anyone. What happened was an accident.  Nothing more that a horrifying, terrible accident.

The emotions were such that Tony Stewart did what many thought unthinkable; he stepped aside and elected not to race the following day.  We can debate the decision all we want, but in the end, we have to respect it, his decision.  Only those who have been part of such a tragic event could ever understand why someone just needs to withdraw, step out of the light for a little bit. MORE>>>

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