Local Dirt Tracks Respond to Tragic Death

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Local Dirt Tracks Respond to Tragic Death

August 14, 2014 Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Racing was back at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Wis. on Wednesday night, and track officials were very particular about safety regulations after driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was struck and killed during a sprint car race this past weekend in Canandaigua, N.Y.

AMSOIL Speedway board member Joe Stariha says it's always been illegal to get out of your car during a race in Superior, but that was covered again with drivers prior to Wednesday's program.

"Chris Stepan, our race director, emphasized some things tonight just because it's fresh in our memory," Stariha said. "It's really something that just can't happen again."

Ward, Jr. was killed this past Saturday night after getting out of his car following a crash and walking across the track. He seemed to be angry at driver Tony Stewart, a well-known name in NASCAR, for riding him into the high-side wall and causing the crash.

Several cars passed Ward, Jr. as he walked down the track pointing at Stewart, as seen in amateur video posted on YouTube, but he appears to be hit by Stewart's right rear wheel, dragged underneath the car, and then thrown several feet across the track.

Ward Jr.'s father spoke about the incident for the first time on Wednesday, expressing his anger about the incident to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

"Tony Stewart was the best driver by far on the track that night," he said. "Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there's no reason for it."

Authorities have questions Stewart but no criminal charges have been filed.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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