What did Stewart see? Was he trying to get close and just got too close?
Stewart has pulled out of the NASCAR race for today. Investigation is ongoing.
I'm not sure why Stewart would be allowed to drive in those events.
However, that guy was a complete idiot for jumping out of his car and going so far down on the track. He practically jumped into the traffic.
It isn't unusual for NASCAR drivers to drive in "minor league" races. A lot of them do it. I wouldn't think their sponsors or NASCAR would be all that happy with their putting themselves at risk like that. I wonder if he might lose a sponsor or two over this.
John Q. Public
As far as racing the circuit, I understand that some drivers do this. I wonder why Stewart continues given his history of spectacular crashes in these sprint cars.
It seems pretty clear that there will be no criminal charges at this point. I'm pretty convinced from what I am seeing and hearing that there was no intent by Stewart, but the first look at the video (before it was edited down by ESPN) makes Stewart look pretty bad.
Some of the commentators today, including NASCAR legend Ricky Craven, suggested implementing heavy fines for drivers that get out of their car to approach other drivers, unless there is an immediate threat to life safety. Sounds like a good idea, but I doubt it would have much affect. Drivers that do this are doing it out of impulse and anger. They already aren't thinking straight and no fine will change that.
Sad and tragic. 20 years old. Done.
Racing is dangerous enough as it is. Running around an active racetrack only heightens that danger. What he was doing had very few positive outcomes.