The sports world was shaken after word came out of upstate New York that NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart allegedly ran over a competitor during a sprint car race.
It is unknown whether the incident was intentional or not but expect some serious consequences for Stewart either from NASCAR, from law enforcement or both. This case is currently being investigated by police.
Here’s the backstory from USA Today Sports:
During a sprint car race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, driver Kevin Ward Jr. was spun out by Stewart, got out of his car to show his displeasure and then was struck by Stewart’s car, sending Ward sliding down the track, fellow sprint car racer Tyler Graves and witness Adam Dulski told USA TODAY Sports.
Deadspin has a timeline of everything that happened which will continue to be updated as more details come in.
UPDATE at 3:40 am: Kevin Ward has passed away. During an early morning press conference, an Ontario County sheriff announced that Ward was dead on arrival at the hospital. Ward was only 20 years old and his mom and dad had the misfortune of watching the tragedy take place right before their eyes as they were sitting in the stands.
According to reports, Stewart is still going to race in Sunday’s NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International Speedway. No arrest is impending at this time and NASCAR has not made any announcements about disciplinary action.