Jimmie Johnson: Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Jr. incident an accident
NASCAR Sprint Cup star Jimmie Johnson said Friday that he believes the fatal incident involving Kevin Ward Jr. and Tony Stewart was "completely an accident" on the part of Stewart.
Stewart struck and killed Ward Jr. with his car at a dirt-track race in Canandaigua, New York, last Saturday after Ward Jr. got out of his car to confront Stewart during a caution.
The accident led to questions as to whether Stewart, known for his hot temper, tried to send his own message by buzzing Ward, or whether Ward recklessly stepped onto a dark track clad in black.
In Johnson's mind, there's no debate.
Jimmie Johnson on Stewart/Ward: “I know what I believe. I believe it was completely an accident."— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 15, 2014
JJ on Stewart/Ward: “I feel for him, for Gene Haas, the team, the uncertainty. And the Ward family.” (More)— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 15, 2014
JJ on Stewart/Ward (cont): "As much as I’m concerned for Tony, I think about the pain and sorrow the Ward family is going through.” (more)— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 15, 2014
JJ on Stewart/Ward (cont): "It’s a sad set of circumstances & a hot button for opinion. When Tony does talk, many people will feel better."— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 15, 2014
Johnson said he tried to contact Stewart but hasn't heard back.
Sports Illustrated's Boomer Esiason explains why Tony Stewart should not be allowed to race until there has been a full investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr.