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Tony Stewart hits Kevin Ward after collision (Video)

Tony Stewart hit fellow driver Kevin Ward during a dirt-track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night after Ward got out of his car following a collision between the two drivers.

Video shows Stewart and Ward making contact with each other and Ward spinning out of the Empire Super Sprints series race. Ward was so upset he got out of his No. 13 car and began pointing at Stewart, who continued around the track as a caution had come out.

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Stewart’s No. 14 car then approached Ward and began turning sideways. Ward appeared to get caught under the right rear tire, dragged and thrown.

Racing was cancelled after the incident, which has left Ward in a life-threatening condition.

Tyler Graves, a sprint-car racer and friend of Ward’s, was a witness to the event and told Sporting News what he saw.

“Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing,” Graves said. “The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.

“I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards.”

Graves said he did not believe it was intentional.

“You never mean to do something like that,” Graves said. “Kevin was pissed and he let Tony know. And Tony was trying to give the message back that he wasn’t happy either. He went over the line with it.”

We are praying for Ward.

Video is below.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have fired himself if he were Rick Hendrick

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is finally starting to deliver for Rick Hendrick the way they envisioned when he first left DEI to drive for Hendrick Motorsports prior to the 2008 racing season.

Dale Jr. won at Pocono on Sunday to give him his third Sprint Cup victory of the season and the sweep at Pocono. Junior has won three races placed in the top 10 15 times this season to put him second in points. That is much different from the previous six seasons, where he only won two Sprint Cup races.

Early in his tenure with Hendrick Motorsports, not only was Little E failing to capture the checkered flag, he was having trouble cracking the top 10. He finished 25th in 2009 and 21st in 2010, and he says he would have fired himself had he been the team owner.

“When me and Rick got together we had this idea that this was going to go really good. … It just didn’t work,” Earnhardt Jr. said of his early time with Hendrick Motorsports during ESPN’s Sunday Conversation with Marty Smith. “I wasn’t as good as I could have been. I wasn’t the driver that I am today. I didn’t put in the effort that I put in today.”

Not only does Earnhardt Jr. admit he’s working harder now, he says he would have fired himself as a driver had he been Hendrick.

“I was an owner in a Nationwide car and I had been through that with certain drivers where you gotta go, ‘Hey man, this isn’t working. This is just not going to work. I’m going in a different direction and you’re going in a different direction, and it’s up to you what that direction is, but we’re not going on it together.’ I’ve been through that, and so I’m thinking if I’m Rick, I don’t know that I would have stayed through and seen this through like he did. If I was Rick, I would have made the change, I would have said, ‘Didn’t work out, you’ll be fine, you’re Dale Earnhardt Jr., I’m Rick Hendrick, we’re both going to be OK, but we gotta do something different.

“I would have probably done it that way. But I’m glad he didn’t.”

Sticking with Earnhardt Jr. has paid off. Junior won more races (6) in 2004 alone than he has in his entire career with Hendrick, but he’s picked things up this season and coming through the way they always hoped he would.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s mother thinks he’s great at driving sh-t cars

Dale-Earnhardt-Jr-Facial-Hair-BetJeff Gordon crossed the finish line first on Sunday for his fifth Brickyard 400 win. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished ninth.

Obviously, Earnhardt would have liked to finished higher, but it wasn’t meant to be.

During times like this it’s always good to receive encouragement from mom, who almost always knows the right thing to say.

After the race, Earnhardt had a conversation with his mother and he was kind enough to tweet a portion of it for us to see.

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Nothing like mom calling it like she sees it.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 14 top-10 finishes this season have him tied with Jeff Gordon for most on the Sprint Cup circuit. Earnhardt’s nine top-5 finishes also put him at the top of the list, tied with Brad Keselowski. Dale Jr. is currently second in points with 693 after 20 starts so it’s safe to say he’s having a pretty good year thus far, in good or bad cars, depending on who you believe.

Reporter Dustin Long breaks ankle while interviewing Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dustin-LongAnyone who tells you sports reporting is not a dangerous job has never met Dustin Long. On Friday, the Motor Racing Network reporter broke his ankle while interviewing Dale Earnhardt Jr.

And this was no minor injury. Long’s Twitter page indicates that he kept doing his job after suffering the break, but we have no idea how he was even getting around. He later saw the doctor for an X-ray and shared a photo of his ankle, which was swollen to about the size of a grapefruit.

Long was still able to take down all of Dale Jr.’s comments and write his story. He also grabbed his crutches and got back to work on Sunday at the Pocono 400.

Give this man a raise.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. shows off new Superman paint job for No. 88 car

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Last week, Hendrick Motorsports joined forces with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, agreeing to a three-year deal. The result will see NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson paired with a few of DC’s more popular super heroes for what should be a fun and entertaining venture.

Among the plans, are special car paint schemes. On Wednesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed off the No. 88 car he’ll be driving in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 and the Quicken Loans 400 on June 15, which features none other than Superman.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the automobile was featured on the front page of the Daily Planet.

If all goes according to plan, Dale’s “more powerful than a locomotive” Chevy will have him take the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway event for the first time in his career. If not, well he’ll be in a pretty cool looking car for 400 laps.

Photo: Twitter/DaleJr

Marcos Ambrose punches Casey Mears after Richmond race (Video)

Marcos-Ambrose-punches-Casey-MearsNASCAR drivers shoving one another and getting into arguments after races is nothing out of the ordinary. We’ve joked in the past that auto racing gets more like WWE by the day, but actual swings are rarely ever thrown. On Saturday night, Marcos Ambrose punched Casey Mears directly in the face following the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.

Ambrose finished 18th and Mears finished 19th. The two drivers raced hard toward the end and may have made contact with each other, which led to an animated discussion after the race. While the two were arguing, Ambrose unexpectedly wound up and socked Mears. NASCAR announced shortly after the race that it will review the incident.

Mears, who may be sporting a shiner this week, made a sarcastic comment about the fight on Twitter.

Somebody get Vince McMahon on the phone.

H/T From the Marbles

Twitter fool sent NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace congrats on winning the Masters

Bubba WallaceOne of the most underrated stories to emerge from the Masters on Sunday was NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace receiving congratulations for winning the prestigious golf tournament.

Yes, one Twitter actually made that exact mistake:

That mistake prompted Wallace to send out a funny joke:

Unfortunately, Wallace’s joke was much more of an attempt at humor than a reflection of reality. Wrong Bubba peeps? You mean wrong Bubba, John. Sorry to burst the bubble, but only one person made the joke.

Still, nice crack, Bubba. Loved it.

H/T FTW via Hot Clicks