Local fans react to Tony Stewart crash

George Hayden and Art Tincher
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Reaction to Tony Stewart's crash goes both ways.

Art Tincher and George Hayden of Putnam County are both big NASCAR fans. We watched the video of Stewart's crash with both.

They saw 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr. get out of the car and, in a move so often repeated in motor sports, start pointing at, in this case, Tony Stewart. The rear end of Stewart's car then struck and killed Ward.

"Oh, looks like to me Tony was on his brakes and the back end went around to me," Hayden said immediately. "Trying to miss him. Looks like to me he was on the brakes."

"He didn't see him. He just didn't see him," added Tincher. "And you don't really worry about what is in front of you when are racing. You worry about what is behind you."

Tincher spoke not only as a car buff, but as a former racer who competed when he was nearly the same age as Ward.

The Ontario County Sheriff, who is investigating the crash, said Stewart was fully cooperative and released. He added the investigation into Stewart's involvement was not criminal.

George and Art would agree.

"The way I see it, the boy who got out of the race car - it was his fault. He should have never got out of the car. He was just mad. Didn't know what he was doing, but I believe it was his fault he got killed. He should have never got out of the race car," Hayden declared.

In a written statement Stewart said "there aren't words" to describe his sadness over the accident.