SonicHawk wrote:#1. Tony Stewart is well aware that the car he hit is wrecked, he knows the location. The #45 was only aware of a caution. We've already determined that these cars have poor visibility (especially behind). #45 has an excuse for getting so close in the first place yet he avoids him.
You know this how? Their cars didn't appear to touch in the video and the race steward didn't think they did. And since Ward's wreck took place behind him and his car has no mirrors or radios how is it that Stewart was supposed to know that Ward hit the wall? By sensing a disturbance in the Force? Psychic intuition? Eyes in the back of his head? You are attempting to give him near supernatural powers to claim he must have had perfect situational awareness. Stewart didn't have the benefit of watching a Youtube video of the crash as he came around the track on the caution.
#2. The #45 car is traveling significantly slower at the time of the accident, why in the world Stewart, who knows the location of the crash and can easily see the #45 car slow down and move out of the way is he traveling so fast?
You can't see any actions the 45 car takes prior to entering the video and he exits the video on the same line as he entered it. He is no lower on the track. And there is no discernable difference in speed between his car and Stewart's car, much less a significant one.
#3. Stewarts trajectory a millisecond prior to the crash is taking him relatively close to the crashed car of Ward. This leads me to believe that Stewart assumed Ward was probably still in his car at the time. Common sense would put a normal person as far away from the crash spot as possible.
As your gif shows Stewart was maybe two or three feet higher on the track than the 45 and would have easily missed the crash. At least one other car passed by the wreck much higher on the track after Ward had exited his car but before he had started descending down it.
#4. Stewart is by far the most talented driver on the track. His situational awareness and abilities allow him to do things most normal drivers couldn't.
For starters I think you are underestimating ths skill of some of these dirt track racers. Stewart doesn't necessarily dominate these races; they are usually quite competitive which is why he likes to race in them. Sprint cars are 800 hp beasts that are extremely difficult to master and some of the drivers who do nothing other than race them are very good at it. Many have spent years racing on the same local tracks and know every bump on them. Stewart was the outsider who probably had less familiarity with the track and the tendencies of the other drivers than anyone else on the track.
#5. Stewart makes an obvious move to avoid intentionally hitting him. By this time it was way too late, the car is too close traveling at too high of a speed to take it off course.
I heard a report on ESPN where the reporter said the race steward told him he thought Stewart was running at an appropriate speed after the caution came out. There was nothing reckless or unsafe about Stewart's speed or position on the track.
I don't think there's any question that Ward initially came down after the 45 car by mistake. The only reason that car didn't hit him is because Ward hadn't placed himself in the path of that car the way he had Stewart's car.