Friday, June 22, 2018
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Ward's dad criticizes Stewart

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The father of the driver struck by Tony Stewart's car said "there's no reason for" the crash that led to his son's death.

Kevin Ward Jr. was sent into the wall when his car was bumped by Stewart's in a dirt track race Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward walked onto the track, where he was hit by Stewart's car.

Kevin Ward Sr. told the Syracuse Post-Standard that "Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night. Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there's no reason for it."

Ward, 20, appeared to point at Stewart. Other cars drove past him, but Stewart's right rear tire appeared to hit Ward and drag him along the track.

"Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn't see him," Ward Sr. said.

The investigation into Ward's death is expected to continue for at least another two weeks. No charges have been filed, but Stewart could still face criminal charges, even if the three-time NASCAR champion didn't mean to kill Ward, hurt him or even scare him.

The NASCAR star could be charged with second-degree manslaughter under New York law if prosecutors believe he "recklessly caused the death of another person," with negligent homicide another possibility, according to criminal law professor Corey Rayburn Yung of the Kansas University School of Law.

"The one person that knows what happened that night is possibly facing 10 years in prison. Is he going to say what he done?" Ward Sr. said

NASCAR could issue an edict as early as this weekend's Sprint Cup race in Michigan that makes it mandatory for drivers to stay in their cars until safety personnel arrive.

sprint cup: Martin Truex will miss Friday's practice and qualifying session in Brooklyn, Mich., to support his longtime partner and girlfriend, Sherry Pollex. She was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Truex will rejoin Furniture Row Racing on Saturday and race Sunday.

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