- — John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl)Sun, Aug 10 2014 17:38:55The crash itself was rather benign. Didn’t even look like hard racing, just ran out of room at the end of the turn. Fairly routine racing.
- — John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl)Sun, Aug 10 2014 17:38:58What Ward did (sorry to speak ill of the dead) was monumentally stupid and it’s precisely why it’s against the rules to leave your car.
- *Meant to say "Sprint car" here, not "Sprint Cup". This is sort of an accident of sponsorship confusing everything. The Nascar circuit you're probably familiar with used to be called the "Winston Cup" (the tobacco company). When the Winston sponsorship ended, NEXTEL jumped on it and then it later became "Sprint Cup", after the telecom company Sprint. Sprint cars (the winged dirt-track car you see below) have nothing at all to do with Sprint the telecom company or their Nascar sponsorship. So, it's all a bit confusing.
- — Avada Chadavra (@chadhohner)Sun, Aug 10 2014 17:40:24@JohnEkdahl all Nascar touring series require HANS. Sprint cars do on a touring level as well. It appears Ward had a HANS on.
- *Meant to say "avoided Ward", not Hans here.
- — John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl)Sun, Aug 10 2014 17:39:43Stewart’s car positioning was pretty consistent with a Sprint car in a turn (tail wide). To a casual observer, it might look intentional.
- — John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl)Sun, Aug 10 2014 17:39:58FWIW, investigating Sheriff agrees: Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" a http://ekdahl.co/1reNUP8 ken” http://t.co/T9CXm5SHcp
- — John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl)Sun, Aug 10 2014 17:53:05But after watching video a couple dozen times, that seems the most likely explanation. Car broke ahead of him and Tony went high line.
- This account below seems pretty consistent with my opinion on it. It appears the driver just ahead of Stewart barely avoided Ward and only saw him at the last second. Ward actually walked a bit further down after that car had passed as well.
My take on the Stewart/Ward incident
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