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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)

A small memorial of flowers is seen at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Canandaigua, N.Y. after Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. (Photo: Mel Evans/The Associated Press)Once the first fan video of the incident hit YouTube around 2:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, the Internet was quick to form its Warren Commission to review the two laps depicted in the video and to apportion blame as quickly as possible.Anyone who watches the video will see the actions of the people of involved — Ward more so than Stewart — but none of us will ever know what was going through Ward’s mind when he decided to get out of the car. It’s a pretty good bet that we will never know what was going through Stewart’s mind when he came upon Ward. Only Stewart knows what he was thinking the moment he first caught sight of Ward waving and pointing at him. Was he was swerving to avoid a sudden danger or stepping on the gas to spray a little dirt as some have suggested as a way to answer an argument on a dirt track? Either answer is a hell only Tony Stewart has to live with.There is one little bit of this tragedy that Stewart does bear responsibility for: the ever-increasing, fan-approved race-track road rage that is a popular staple of highlight shows and top-10 lists.Read the full story here.

A small memorial of flowers is seen at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Canandaigua, N.Y. after Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. (Photo: Mel Evans/The Associated Press)

Once the first fan video of the incident hit YouTube around 2:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, the Internet was quick to form its Warren Commission to review the two laps depicted in the video and to apportion blame as quickly as possible.

Anyone who watches the video will see the actions of the people of involved — Ward more so than Stewart — but none of us will ever know what was going through Ward’s mind when he decided to get out of the car. It’s a pretty good bet that we will never know what was going through Stewart’s mind when he came upon Ward. Only Stewart knows what he was thinking the moment he first caught sight of Ward waving and pointing at him. Was he was swerving to avoid a sudden danger or stepping on the gas to spray a little dirt as some have suggested as a way to answer an argument on a dirt track? Either answer is a hell only Tony Stewart has to live with.

There is one little bit of this tragedy that Stewart does bear responsibility for: the ever-increasing, fan-approved race-track road rage that is a popular staple of highlight shows and top-10 lists.

Read the full story here.

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)

In case you missed it:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, performs a back flip to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In case you missed it:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, performs a back flip to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Don’t you wish every major life event could end in a confetti shower? Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Don’t you wish every major life event could end in a confetti shower? Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

BREAKING: Danica Patrick has a boyfriend. She confirmed to The Associated Press it is none other than Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Here they are canoodling at the “Winston-Salem Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough” series. Now you can continue with your life. Phew. (Photo via Professional Bull Riders/Andy Watson/AP)

BREAKING: Danica Patrick has a boyfriend. She confirmed to The Associated Press it is none other than Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Here they are canoodling at the “Winston-Salem Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough” series. Now you can continue with your life. Phew. (Photo via Professional Bull Riders/Andy Watson/AP)

What does one wear to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Awards Banquet? Joey Logano has the answer: a fire suit with lapels.  (Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

What does one wear to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Awards Banquet? Joey Logano has the answer: a fire suit with lapels.  (Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The NHL has small children playing hockey between periods, NASCAR has this: A high diver performs while lit on fire at the No Limits Garage Party Presented at Texas Motor Speedway as part of the AAA Texas 500 weekend.  (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The NHL has small children playing hockey between periods, NASCAR has this: A high diver performs while lit on fire at the No Limits Garage Party Presented at Texas Motor Speedway as part of the AAA Texas 500 weekend.  (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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