Originally Posted by Golfingdad
I have a hard time accepting the idea that a guy would do something like that on purpose.
So do I. It's a big step from hothead competitor to murder in front of thousands of witnesses.
The gearheads I heard from late last night pointed out a revving of the engine just before the hit, and that Stewart should have known that it would fishtail the car and cause him to hit Ward. I don't know enough about racing, let alone this type of racing, to have a clue. I did notice in the video that it was at night, and Ward was wearing a black driving suit on a dark, muddy track. And that he also might have been standing in front of his black race car from Stewart's point of view. Also, I heard that mud often gets on the windshields and further hurts vision for drivers.
I'll give you a seemingly more plausible scenario where Stewart could and should be held criminally liable. If he was buzzing him. He sends Wards car into the wall. He comes around the track, sees the young punk challenging him, and he revs the engine to, I don't know, shoot dirt at him or say f*** you. The rev causes his car to fishtail, the side of the car kills Ward. If that's the case, some kind of negligent homicide charge would probably be warranted.
But I just don't think Stewart comes around the corner, sees him, and says to himself, "F*** this guy, I'm running him over."
Edited by Aguirre - 8/11/14 at 12:49am