This Huge Sponsor Is Backing Homicidal NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart

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September 1, 2014 2:37pm PST

Bass Pro Shops president and CEO, Johnny Morris, issued a statement on Friday in support of NASCAR legend Tony Stewart, just weeks after he ran over fellow driver Kevin Ward, killing him.

Now, W.M. Rush, whose Rush Truck Centers is serving as primary backer for Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in five Sprint Cup races this year, has jumped on the bandwagon, saying:

“We stand by Tony. It was a terrible accident. It was a tragedy. Obviously like anyone, we’re sitting back and waiting for the investigation [to be completed]. At the same time, we see nothing right now that would change our relationship with Stewart-Haas [Racing].”

At the same time, Rush offered his condolences to the family of Kevin Ward, Jr.:

“Speaking for Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises and myself, obviously our deepest sympathy goes out to them as they go through the healing process. It’s difficult and devastating on the Ward family, but I know how hurt Tony has felt. I grieve for both sides, if that makes sense.”

Stewart’s early return to the racetrack raised more than a few eyebrows. Are you surprised by the outpouring of support he has received after killing 20-year-old Ward, especially before a formal investigation has been completed?

(Read More: Tony Stewart Gets Hero’s Welcome Upon Return To NASCAR)

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