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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    This young driver should not have been on the track between moving cars.
    He showed his inexperience and paid with his life.

    May he rest in peace.

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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    I don't know much about racing and nascar but I just don't understand why the guy got out of his car. I do feel bad for his family and my thoughts are with them. What struck me is that Stewart was still going to race yesterday but in the end didn't. I thought that was kind of heartless, even if it was an accident that he hit the guy. He, or his people, made the right decision not to race.
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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Deserves to be charged with manslaughter.
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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    When Stewart hit the kid the whole track was under yellow....so Stewart was not in a "controlled slide" or under the influence of the aerodynamic wing or anything like that.

    That being said...Stewart was not at fault here. Sad accident. Avoidable accident.

    I believe Stewart might have intended to "roost" some dirt onto the kid, but in no way did Stewart plan to hit the kid with his race car.
    Stewart might have done something stupid, but by far the kid made a much MUCH bigger mistake.

    The Yellow flag doesn't mean drivers can exit their cars and run straight into the middle of a turn to confront another driver.

    The Yellow flag doesn't mean every car on the track is going to slow down like they've just driven into a school zone either.

    The F1 driver Tom Pryce lost his life under a yellow flag condition when a track Marshall darted out infront of him.

    Tom Pryce hit the Marshall with enough speed to kill both him and the kid instantly.

    If you watch the video Stewart was moving at high speed through the corner and it was the Back Right tire that caught the kid.

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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    It's hard to make a judgement on that, but you'd think he might have been able to avoid it. Possibly...I mean the man is a professional race car driver - being able to control a vehicle at high speed is kind of part of the job.
    The problem is controlling them at low speeds. These cars are notoriously hard to control at lower speeds and even experienced drivers can lose control of them in the right conditions. Stewarts has a lot of outs and variables working in his favor so while I doubt he was trying to do more than scare the kid, this may signal 2 things: The end of his career and that charges won't be laid.
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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    I don't know much about racing and nascar but I just don't understand why the guy got out of his car. I do feel bad for his family and my thoughts are with them. What struck me is that Stewart was still going to race yesterday but in the end didn't. I thought that was kind of heartless, even if it was an accident that he hit the guy. He, or his people, made the right decision not to race.
    Not just got out - he got out and walked right in the middle of it all.

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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Racer View Post
    These cars weigh approx #1300 lbs and have anywhere from 700 to 850 hp at the wheels. When you step on the gas that car is going to go sideways. The whole car is designed to turn left. The tires are staggered to go left, the suspension is set up to drive left, everything about these cars are about going left. I have driven them before and they do that job very well. On top of the fact that there is a VERY good chance the drivers had at least one way radios in the car with the tower telling them a car and driver was stopped on the track stay low.

    I believe Tony mean't to scare the guy and clipped him. I don't for a second believe he intended on actually hitting him. Ward shouldn't have come that far down the track and Tony as well as the driver in front of him were going to fast and too high on the track. Fault on both parties and no charges are likely to ever be filed and shouldn't. Tony had been making split second decisions all night and this one was just a bad one. His temper is well noted, but again he didn't mean to hit him just maybe throw a little dirt his way.

    My thoughts are with the Ward family and for Tony Stewart. The Ward family has lost a member and Tony will live with this for the rest of his life. It's likely to cost him almost everything he has. It did cost Ward everything he had.
    Stewart might not have been on the bottom of the track but he was low.

    Low enough for the Kid to have to walk down from the wall to confront him.

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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    I don't know much about racing and nascar but I just don't understand why the guy got out of his car.
    Ever seen one catch on fire?

    I have. Depending on the fuel they're running, often times you can't see the flames.

    You don't want to be strapped into a race car that's a sitting duck after it's been involved in a crash.
    It's also a way to show your crew and family you're okay.
    The first thing the emergency crews are going to do is get you out of car when they get there.

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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    The Yellow flag doesn't mean drivers can exit their cars and run straight into the middle of a turn to confront another driver.

    The Yellow flag doesn't mean every car on the track is going to slow down like they've just driven into a school zone either.

    The F1 driver Tom Pryce lost his life under a yellow flag condition when a track Marshall darted out infront of him.

    Tom Pryce hit the Marshall with enough speed to kill both him and the kid instantly.

    If you watch the video Stewart was moving at high speed through the corner and it was the Back Right tire that caught the kid.
    I never said any of the above.

    I used to roadrace motorcycles. I know what yellow flags mean.

    Please re-read what I said.

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    Re: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    The Yellow flag doesn't mean drivers can exit their cars and run straight into the middle of a turn to confront another driver.

    The Yellow flag doesn't mean every car on the track is going to slow down like they've just driven into a school zone either.

    The F1 driver Tom Pryce lost his life under a yellow flag condition when a track Marshall darted out infront of him.

    Tom Pryce hit the Marshall with enough speed to kill both him and the kid instantly.

    If you watch the video Stewart was moving at high speed through the corner and it was the Back Right tire that caught the kid.
    It sure seems like it would have been difficult to control the car. I'm really quite certain that Stewart had no intention to run him over.

    He still bears some responsibility for it. I don't think I'd call for his career to be in serious jeopardy, and I don't really think he needs to go to jail, but there's some responsibility there.


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