Local NASCAR community reflects on tragedy involving Tony Stewart

Local NASCAR community reflects on tragedy involving Tony Stewart


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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Saturday night’s wreck involving Tony Stewart hits home for many drivers in the Triad.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver who was walking on a track during a dirt-track race in upstate New York.

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died from injuries suffered in the incident, which occurred Saturday night at the Empire Super Sprints series event at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

It’s not unusual for some NASCAR drivers to race on smaller speedways – Stewart raced at 311 Motor Speedway seven years ago.

Everyone agrees that the death of the young driver was a tragedy, but now folks are rethinking race safety.

Mike Fulp owns 311 Motor Speedway in Stokes County. He said he understands that tempers flare during the races, but safety comes first with speeds up to 140 miles per hour.

“Always expect the worse to happen when you…

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