Kevin Ward’s parents have kept quiet up until now and no one knew quite where they stood when it came to blaming Tony Stewart or not for running over their son on the race track. Did they think it was an accident or did they blame Stewart for the act that took the life of their son? People can stop wondering now because Kevin Ward Sr. makes himself very clear today, according to New York Daily News on Aug 13.
Ward Sr. said: “Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see my son.” He also talked about the crash that Stewart caused, which is why Ward Jr. got out of the car to confront Stewart, who was still in the race.
According to Fox Sports today, the grieving father ripped into Stewart’s actions on Saturday night that ultimately led to the death of the 20-year-old race car driver. “Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there’s no reason for it,” said the elder Ward.
Ward crashed against that wall and got out of his car in what appeared to be fit of anger, yelling and pointing his finger at Stewart. The car in front of Stewart’s swerved to avoid him, but witnesses heard Steward hit the throttle instead of slowing down.
Stewart’s car swerved, once the throttle was hit, but not enough to clear Ward walking toward him on the track. The back tire of Stewart’s car slammed into Ward and then the car dragged him approximately 50-feet before he was airborne landing about 50-yards away.
The young driver’s parents were in the stands on Saturday, but Ward Sr. did not witness Stewart hit his son when he was walking on the track. Ward Sr. did witness Stewart run his son’s car up the wall, causing the crash and after that he had hopped on an ATV and headed for the area they would bring the car to fix, in hopes of seeing his son.
People working at the track wouldn’t let him into that area and told him to stay put. He saw an ambulance go by, which he would soon learn was carrying the body of his son who had just been hit by Stewart on the track.
Ward Sr. said that his son was a “God-gifted kid.” He also said that he mostly smiled in his sleep, as this is the kind of young man he was.
“Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night,” said Ward Sr. This is why he was having a tough time figuring out what possessed Stewart to run his son up so high causing the crash. It also made him wonder why all the other drivers saw Ward and not Stewart.
The funeral for 20-year-old Kevin Ward is today and this has to be one of the hardest things these parents will ever do, which is bury their child. While this debate on whether Tony Stewart is to blame for this accident or not heats up in the media and on social media pages, Ward Sr. let his feelings on his son's death be known, it is a death that could have been avoided.