The father of the driver run over and killed by Tony Stewart told The Syracuse Post-Standard on Wednesday that "there's no reason for" the crash that led to his son's death.

Kevin Ward Jr. was sent into the wall when his car was bumped by Stewart's in a dirt-track race Saturday night in Canandaigua, New York. Ward got out of the car and walked onto the track, where he was hit by Stewart.

Kevin Ward Sr. tells the newspaper that "Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night. Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there's no reason for it."

When the 20-year-old Ward got out of his damaged car, he walked on the track and appeared to point at Stewart. Other cars drove past him, but Stewart's right-rear tire appeared to hit him and drag him along the track.

"Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn't see him," Ward Sr. told the newspaper.

No charges have been filed against Stewart, but they are still possible.

It's still unclear if Stewart will drive in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. "Tony hasn't made a decision, and there is no timetable," a Stewart spokesman said.

NBA

LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining Cleveland at home Oct. 30 against New York and return to Miami for the first time on Christmas. James led the Heat to two titles and four NBA Finals appearances before deciding to return to the Cavs. The other Christmas games are Washington at New York, Oklahoma City at San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago and the Warriors at the Los Angeles Clippers. The regular season starts Oct. 28. Champion San Antonio hosts Dallas in one of the three games that night.


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