By RantSports Staff on August 11, 2014
Tony Stewart was involved in one of the all-time worst sports tragedies on August 9th. His sprint car collided with fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr., who unfortunately lost his life a short time later. As of now there are still way more questions than answers in this auto racing tragedy, but there's no doubt that a cloud is now hanging over Stewart and his future.
Here are the five biggest questions facing the three-time NASCAR champ:
After breaking his leg last year, and then being involved in this tragedy, you really have wonder if it's time for Stewart to retire from sprint car racing. It's no secret that he loves the winged race cars and dirt track racing in general, but it may be time to eliminate these extra events from his schedule.
It seems unlikely that Stewart's NASCAR season is over, but it's certainly a possibility. He could end up being suspended, or his advisers could suggest that he lay low for the rest of the season. But judging by his initial decision to race the day after the tragedy, it seems unlikely that he'll forgo the rest of the NASCAR season.
This is a very real possibility. Ward's family could sue Stewart, or the two sides could come to terms on an out of court settlement. With a reported net worth of over 100 million dollars, it's likely that Stewart will have to pay out something over this incident, given its questionable nature.
The Ontario County Sheriff's Department is still saying that there's not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Stewart. It doesn't mean there won't be, but with each passing day it's seeming more unlikely. There's little evidence for authorities to go on, besides the YouTube video that hit the internet shortly after the accident. Anyone who's watched that video can tell you that it's inconclusive at best.
If Stewart avoids criminal charges and this incident is officially ruled an accident, it will then become a matter of him moving on with his life. Will he ever be the same racer? Will he ever be the same person. Accident or not, being involved in a person's death has to weigh heavily on a person's mind.
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