Stewart runs over local driver

Photo by Kyle Young
The view from the grandstands after Kevin Ward Jr. was run over Saturday night. His condition remains unknown at this time.

By Dominic Aragon
August 10, 2014


Tony Stewart ran over a driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night, according to an eye-witness account.

Stewart was competing in the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, a local Sprint Car racing division featured at the race track.

Kevin Ward Jr. and Stewart made contact, resulting in Ward Jr.’s car in the outside wall in turn one. When Ward Jr.’s car spun into came to a rest in turn two, he proceeded to climb from his car.

“[Ward Jr.] came running out of the car,” said Kyle Young, a race fan in attendance. “Everyone was still at a decent pace going around the track. He was waiting for the field to come around.

“It looked like he started going down closer to the track, and I was watching when Tony Stewart’s car went by, and everyone passed, I didn’t see where he was standing, and I was like ‘what the [expletive], where did he go’ and then I saw it later, his body just slide across the track.”

Photo by Kyle Young
Stewart's car before the start of Saturday night's race. 

The altercation took place in the A-Main race. The race was halted by the red flag and cancelled shortly after.

According to Young, paramedics immediately rushed to the scene to help Ward Jr.

Ward Jr.’s condition remains unknown at this time.

The accident comes amidst the one-year anniversary week of Stewart’s leg injury racing locally.

No word if Stewart will participate in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International.