It’s been over a week now since Tony Stewart hit and killed fellow race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. on a small dirt track in Canandaigua, NY, but he’s adamant on remaining silent. Fortunately, some of his fellow NASCAR drivers have recently spoken out giving some insight into the matter.
Speaking on TheBlaze Radio show Cain and Cupp, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip opened up about Tony Stewart and the incident. Amidst the conversation that begins at about the 1:34:00 mark, Waltrip conveys, “My heart tells me Tony just didn’t see the young man. It’s just a sad situation.”
Feel free to listen to the interview in its entirety here:
During the interview, in an effort to view the unfortunate event from all sides, Cain brought up Stewart’s history regarding his temper and unsportsmanlike behavior to which Waltrip states he understands the relevance but suggests it’s unrelated.
“He’s a fair racer — he’s a guy that’s going to race you hard, but he’s going to race you fair,” he further described. “To say that he did anything intentional, I don’t see how people come up with that. Because what would he have been reacting to? He didn’t wreck. He didn’t even know he was in a wreck, in my opinion.”
It can’t be argued that there is a drastic difference between accidentally hitting and killing someone and intentionally running them down, but the investigation, as explained by the Ontario County Sheriff, isn’t due to be concluded for at least another couple days.