This Is The View From Inside A Sprint Car

A lot of the debate surrounding the tragic incident that led to the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., is just how much visibility former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart had in his sprint car when he struck Ward. This is a view from the cockpit of one of those vehicles.


Ward was killed by "massive blunt trauma," according to the Ontario County coroner, via Jeff Gluck at USA Today.

This video won't settle any of that debate, and the investigation by the Ontario County Sheriff's department and any resulting criminal charges probably won't, either. Even other racers on the track, such as sprint car driver Paul Kinney have had a hard time parsing out exactly what happened (via NBC News):

Besides not looking at the video again, Kinney, 30, said that he has stopped looking at Facebook. He said he can't stand the speculation about whether Stewart went after Ward on purpose.

"That's obviously not a racing incident," he said. "It's not a good idea to get out of your car and run towards other cars. But nobody can speak for Tony. Only Tony knows exactly what happened."

Still, he said: "I seen Kevin clear as day. Nobody else ran into him, either."

In the meantime, however, we've seen a lot of accusations fly around, both from Stewart's supporters and detractors.

Stewart couldn't have possibly seen him, his supporters say. It was during a full course caution, and no one else hit Ward, his detractors rebut. It's all a bit pointless to argue on the Internet about, really, but here we are. So the more information, the better, and the visibility out of the car will almost certainly be a factor in the investigation.

But there's still a lot we don't know.


h/t to r/nascar!

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