Nascar - NASCAR champion hits and kills fellow driver

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed another driver during an on-track confrontation at a race on Saturday night.

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Police have not formally released the name of the other driver but he has been identified as 20-year-old Kevin Ward.

[KEVIN WARD JR DESERVES TO BE KNOWN AS MORE THAN VICTIM]

The awful incident occurred at a sprint car race at a dirt track in Upstate New York.

As reported by Yahoo Sports US: “The incident took place at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Stewart and Ward were racing into Turn 2 when they made contact, sending Ward's car spinning into the wall.

“According to multiple witnesses, Ward got out of his car to confront Stewart. As Stewart drove by, his car struck Ward, launching him down the track.

“Video of the incident was posted on YouTube Saturday night, but has since been taken down.”

The Contario Sheriff’s Department is not investigating the incident as a criminal matter and sheriff Philip Povero says Stewart was “fully co-operative” while being questioned and then released.

Witness Adam Dulski told USA Today: "The body made contact with the car and went sliding across the track. It was the worst thing I've ever seen."

Fellow racer Tyler Graves told The Sporting News: "Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing. The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. ... He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.

"I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards."

Stewart is scheduled to race in a NASCAR event on Sunday. The team he co-owns, Stewart-Haas racing, released a statement on Sunday morning:

“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating. Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time."

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