watch the video for yourself.
the guy clearly ran way to far into the track, the sudden rev of the engine happened as he was hit, it could have been caused from the sudden movement of the car hitting him. i did not hear it rev before like he was trying to hit him or even scare him. as far as arresting him, the cops on the scene made the call from the evidence they seen there. they also consider that he is not a real flight risk.
@HM: You sure seem to know Tony's 'bad boy' rep. He's been a crier and a whiner for a long time. I don't know if he is 'at fault' or 'not at fault' this tragedy. However, he is involved in a sport in which people DO die. (Dale Earnhardt, Fireball Roberts, Lyle Petty, to name just a few.) Same as Boxing where some boxers are killed in the ring during or after a fight. Or the NFL where careers are ended with questionable hits. Some resulting in career ending injuries (ruined knees, concussions, and in some cases total body paralysis.) I don't know if anyone has been killed playing hockey in the NHL but they have fights that had they occurred outside the arena would be classified assault and battery, yet the fights are allowed even encouraged!
Yeah, I heard things that Tony accelerated before hitting the man with his right rear tire section, but that is done when approaching a curve. Doing it under a yellow flag? I don't know.
I guess what I am saying is lets see how the NASCAR honchos say it shakes out before letting the men and women with badges come in to play.
Personally, I think it is just a matter of time until someone dies form competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
To wax philosophic: We Americans have a love affair with violence. We like Knock outs, we like car wrecks, we like Baseball bench clearing brawls etc.
We are IMHO we are a violent warlike people.
JJ Yeley, a NASCAR driver who has driven sprint cars for Stewart, told the Sporting News that the fact you can hear Stewart hit the gas in his car prior to hitting Ward should be taken into the context of how sprint cars operate.
“They have a solid rear axle, they don’t turn on a dime,” Yeley said. “You usually turn those cars with the gas. … They don’t just turn as soon as you turn the wheel. It does take the throttle to do that.”
Yeley said that if Stewart would have turned the wheel sharply without getting on the throttle, the car would have continued in the path it was going or would have spun. He compared it to riding a jetski, where throttle is needed when making a turn.
“The right side wing panel comes down sometimes below your eye level so you will have a blind spot. … There’s a part there where you wouldn’t see someone if they jumped out and got that close to the car,” Yeley said.
This article chronicles Stewart's "hotheadedness":
I suspect that Greg Cooper (quoted in the article) is correct when he says:
"..,it was clear to him that Stewart was trying to teach the younger driver a lesson by “stoning’’ him with mud, or getting close enough to spray dirt on him. Only things went horribly awry."
As Americans, we may have a "love affair with violence," but I don't think many sane people care much for this kind of violence. It looks to me like Stewart ought to be tried for involuntary manslaughter at the very least.
Well, as one that is admittedly self aware of: liking to see 'Mike Tyson' type knockouts at any and all the weigh in levels, one who waits for the big crash that happens more and more with the Boys that drive fast and only turn left, one who doesn't change the channel when a hockey fight breaks out or a bench clearing brawl that occurs during a baseball or basketball game, I consider myself a relatively sane individual as long as none of the confrontations results in the death of someone.
But, we don't know if somebody is going to get killed or not while not turning our heads away from a car wreck, do we?
So: We watch. We don't turn away.
Being an aggressive race car driver is not a crime. Death occurs. It is a dangerous sport. I don't feel Stewart should be charged with any criminal offense. Ward got out of his car and angrily walked onto a track with speeding cars going around it. He placed himself in harms way.
The most that I can possibly foresee happening is Stewart receiving some possible sanctions from NASCAR for maybe not adhering to the yellow flag slow down sufficiently.
And NO. I do not like Stewart. I think he is one of the biggest hotheaded jerks in NASCAR.