Jerry Bonkowski of NBC Sports provides his take and the latest on Stewart-Ward situation
Jul 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart stands in his garage during practice for the Crown Royal Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo: Image by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Jerry Bonkowski of NBC Sports has watched the accident involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. plenty of times, and has covered the situation very closely.
Stewart did not race last weekend on the Sprint Cup circuit of NASCAR, and Bonkowski doesn't think he should be expected back soon.
"I think right now the most logical thing for Tony to do is stay away from the racetrack," Bonkowski said. "The biggest thing going on right now is the police investigation, and we're probably at least another week-and-a-half, two weeks until that thing is concluded."
It's no sure thing, though, that Stewart will even return to the track this season.
"A lot of people have been speculating, 'Maybe he'll just take the rest of the season off.' He's definitely grieving about this, as well," Bonkowski said.
Bonkowski told Sports Central he has watched the footage of the accident about 20 times, and told the show what he has gathered from the situation. He thinks Ward Jr. was very difficult to see, and that Stewart had no intention of making any contact with him.
"Tony was coming around, they were under caution, and here comes Kevin Ward Jr. And that particular juncture where Kevin is coming toward the car, he's dressed in a black fire suit, he's got a black helmet on, his car is black and it's a low-lite area on the racetrack," Bonkowski explained.
Most circuits do have a rule in place where you are not supposed to leave your car unless the vehicle is on fire or the driver is in danger of being hit again.
Bonkowski said this is not a new rule. Instead it is a re-emphasis of a rule already in place.
Check out the rest of the interview above for some great analysis on the entire situation by Bonkowski.