Tony Stewart's Attitude Raises Questions After Raceway Accident

NASCAR driver’s behavior on and off the track looked at after tragic death of fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr.
2:34 | 08/11/14

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Transcript for Tony Stewart's Attitude Raises Questions After Raceway Accident
Talk about that, thank you. Take a closer look with Ryan smith here in the studio. And ESPN NASCAR reporter Mike. You heard about the reputation of having a bad temper. What can you tell us about Stewart? It's really a complicated question to answer because, you know, certainly Tony Stewart's on track persona is one of a tough guy. To a large degree, that's the image. That's the brand of Tony Stewart and helps him sell merchandise. And a lot of fans appreciate that and embrace it. But to me, that's only his image on the racetrack. I've had encounters with him many times off the racetrack, he's much more docile. You don't see the temper you see on TV. It's complicated. A lot of folks look at the reputation and quick to judge what happened on Saturday night. I think that's the wrong thing to do. I think you need to differentiate between what's politically incorrect, which Tony Stewart can be at times, and having a tendency to be violent which I don't think he is. This isn't the first time that we have seen a driver get out of the car after an altercation on the track. You know, I hate seeing a driver unbuckle at any time while there are cars at speed on the racetrack. Now, granted, it was under caution. But still you hate to see a driver actually unbuckle. I covered an incident years ago in another series, where a driver unbuckled in practice, and there was a fatality in that incident as well. As a result of that, I hate to see a driver unbuckle prematurely. This was the case. There's an unwritten code that you shouldn't unbuckle before you're told to. And looking at the investigators, what exactly are they going to be looking at? They're going to reconstruct the scene and find out what happened. First, the video tape. Look at it over and over again to see maybe if there's an indication of Tony Stewart seeing him or not and what other drivers saw. His statement. They talked to him once, again, and the key will be will it match up with the investigation. Possible criminal charges. What could they be? Second degree murder if there was depraved indifference to human life. And criminally negative homicide. They are looking at it like with no criminal charges. Appreciate it.

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