Kevin Ward Jr. was remembered as a “small-town boy” who loved his sport during Thursday’s funeral for the 20-year-old dirt-track racer whose car was hit by one driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.
More than 700 mourners jammed the South Lewis Senior High School auditorium for the 90-minute service, a mix of tears and cheerful recollections of someone who began racing at a young age.
“Even if he had rough day, he always had a smile,” a tearful Dylan Swiernick said of his best friend and car-obsessed buddy. “We were just two small-town boys trying to make it in the big world. He was always working on something. It was unbelievable how smart he was.”
After the service, as Ward’s casket was taken to the hearse for the short trip to the cemetery, mourners let loose helium balloons in orange, white and black, his racing colours. (Photos: Mike Groll/The Associated Press, Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
So wheels. Much speed. Wow: Josh Wise, driver of the #98 Dogecoin/Reddit.com Ford, Justin Allgaier, driver of the #51 Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, Casey Mears, driver of the #13 GEICO Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.
The Internet community behind Dogecoin raised $55,000 to sponsor Wise’s car. (Photos by Jerry Markland/Getty Images, Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NASCAR added Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field Friday, a stunning and unprecedented step in the fallout from at least two attempts to manipulate the results at the season-ending race at Richmond last weekend.
NASCAR chairman Brian France said he had the authority to expand the field to 13 drivers for the first time since the format was implemented 10 years ago.
Front Row Motorsports asked for a deal from Penske Racing in the closing laps at Richmond and then helped make sure Penske’s Joey Logano made the Chase field by having one of its drivers, David Gilliland, slow down, according to an Associated Press review of radio communications.
(Photo by Todd Warshaw/The Associated Press)
Fury at Fontana: Poor Kyle Busch. He won the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, but no one really noticed.
Tony Stewart ran over to Joey Logano’s car and confronted him after the race, shoving the younger driver — who then threw a water bottle at Stewart, the veteran said — before teammates pulled them apart.
“It’s time he learns a lesson,” Stewart said. “He’s run his mouth long enough. … He’s nothing but a little rich kid that’s never had to work in his life, so he’s going to learn what us working guys who had to work our way up [know about] how it works.”
As for Busch …
"Oh, by the way, I won the race today. That might be a story. I’m sure it’s not, though." Sad face. (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)