NASCAR driver Tony Stewart accidentally kills another driver on the raceway
Tony Stewart is known in the racecar community for being temperamental and frequently getting into spats with both reporters and drivers alike. But this time, “Smoke’s” unconventional attitude isn’t his biggest problem. During a caution period in a sprint car race, Stewart struck another driver who was on foot in the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. After being rushed to the local hospital, the 20 year old driver, Kevin Ward, was pronounced dead. While Stewart clearly did not intend to kill the other driver, his run-ins with other NASCAR participants have often turned ugly, with fistfights littering his races over the last ten years. This attitude had previously endeared him to his fans, who felt that Stewart was the only driver brash enough to act how he felt regardless of what his sponsors desired. They also enjoyed his choice of using smaller, open-wheel cars on the track.
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