Jacksonville man who attended race weighs in on Tony Stewart controversy

By Jim McCabe on August 13 at 7:24am

The local racing community is reacting to the death of a 20-year-old driver who was hit by NASCAR star Tony Stewart at a race on Saturday.

The car of Kevin Ward Jr. hit the wall after apparently being cut off by Stewart. Ward got out of his car, with one car seen swerving to miss him. Stewart’s car came back around and appeared to hit Ward. The young driver was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20 spoke to Jacksonville native Bill Baker, who was one of the fans at the race in upstate New York.

“They asked everyone to sit tight so they could get things figured out and then probably within the half hour they asked everybody to leave, at which point they turned the track lights off and we didn’t find out until about four hours later exactly what had happened,” Baker says. “I think the whole racing community is just numb to what has happened.”

Stewart did not race at the NASCAR event on Sunday. No charges have been filed in Kevin Ward’s death.

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