Tony Stewart Is Retiring From NASCAR Just A Little Over A Year After The Accident That Killed Kevin Ward Jr.
DailyMail- A champion NASCAR driver is to announce he is stepping down from racing - a year after the crash which killed Kevin Ward.
Tony Stewart will say he is retiring from the sport following the 2016 season during a news conference at his team's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina on Wednesday, sources say.
The move follows a difficult year for the veteran driver whose racing accident on August 9, 2014 resulted in the tragic death of Ward Jnr.
The champion racer admitted that his confidence as a driver had been destroyed following the deadly accident last year.
He said: 'I want to be available to them if they want to talk about it,' he said. 'At this point, I don't need to talk to them for closure. I know what happened and I know it was an accident.
This season has been a disappointment for the champion racer who is just 25th in the points standing and once again failed to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Stewart said he had been struggling to get back on form and enjoy the sport again following the tragic accident in 2014.
'There hasn't been a day that's gone by that I haven't thought about it. And it will be like that all your life... It's going to be a part of me forever.'
Ahhh, nice try Tony. I respect the effort. You might fool some people, but you damn sure ain't fooling me. There's just no way you are getting me to believe that the bad boy of NASCAR is retiring due to emotional trauma. There's no way you can convince me that the events of that night torment him on a daily basis. This is the guy with the most notorious temper in the history of the sport. A guy that needed a PR team to step in and stop him from racing literally 24 hours after he fatally struck Kevin Ward Jr. A guy that showed little to no remorse after killing, whether accidentally or not, a 20 year old fellow driver. That guy isn't letting the pain and suffering of others get in the way of what's best for him. He never has before, and he certainly isn't now.
You know why Tony Stewart is retiring? Mostly because Tony Stewart is no longer good at racing, but also because it's a blessing that he is no longer good at racing. Why do athletes, drivers included, continue to partake in their sport long after their prime has past them by? They want to go out on top. They want to ride off into the sunset known as a champion. Well, that can never happen for Tony Stewart. Not because he isn't gifted enough to win another race, but because he will never be known for anything other than killing another driver. In fact, the very reason that most of us have forgotten about this accident is because Tony Stewart has bean awful at racing since it happened. If he were winning races every month then this horrific accident, that claimed the life of a promising young driver, would still be in the news. The best thing to ever happen to Tony Stewart's reputation was the worst thing that happened to his career. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Most athletes want to finish their career in the spotlight, but the spotlight is a dark, dark place for someone like Tony Stewart. That's why he is retiring, not because is a rational human being that is prone to feelings, empathy, and other such human-like phenomenons.
P.S. I will give him credit for the sad face. It does look sincere, although that may just be a pretty huge indicator of how much of a sociopath he actually is...