Why Tony Stewart must race after tragedy

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

Tony Stewart was involved in a terrible incident Saturday night at Canandiagua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. In the aftermath 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. was dead and racing fans were putting the blame squarely on three time NASCAR champion Stewart.

Video showed that Ward had been involved with Stewart on the previous lap. The video showed Ward’s car as it came to rest on the back stretch. Ward exited the vehicle, and still wearing his racing helmet walked toward the line of cars circling under caution.  He angrily pointed towards the car driven by Stewart; Stewart’s car struck Ward who was thrown in the air and landed several feet away. Ward was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero later said in a news conference that Stewart was “fully co-operative” and appeared “very upset” after the incident adding that the investigation is not criminal and that no charges have been filed. MORE>>>

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