The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating an on-track incident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Central Square, N.Y.
According to multiple reports, Stewart allegedly struck 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward after Ward got out of his car to confront Stewart about a wreck.
Tyler Graves, who also races sprint cars and is a friend of Ward’s, was in attendance at Saturday night’s race, sitting in the Turn 1 grandstands. This is what he witnessed (note: allegedly), according to the Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass:
"Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing," Graves said. "The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.
"I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards.
"You never mean to do something like that," Graves said. "Kevin was pissed and he let Tony know. And Tony was trying to give the message back that he wasn't happy either. He went over the line with it."
Logan Messerly, who was in attendance at Saturday night’s race tweeted this picture out of police cars on track investigating the incident:
Canandaigua Motorsports Park released a statement on Facebook following the incident, but have since deleted their entire page:
The incident happened at around 10 p.m. ET. After the scene, the race was deemed cancelled and spectators were told to vacate the premises for the night.