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Dan Patrick Show: Brian Williams expands on coverage, reaction to Stewart/Ward tragedy (VIDEO)

Aug 12, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams stopped by The Dan Patrick Show to further discuss the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy, the coverage, and the reaction to it.

Williams, a devout NASCAR and short-track fan, also discussed his own experience of heading to dirt tracks and short tracks in New York.

  1. wallio - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I’m sorry, but I find it very hard to believe a blue-blood, bleeding heart multi-millionaire watches ANY racing, much less short-track sprint cars……..

  2. Chris Estrada - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM


    If you’re referring to Brian Williams, then I’d like to show you a reprint of his TIME essay on Dale Earnhardt Sr. from shortly after the 2001 Daytona 500. As Mr. Williams wrote, he and Mr. Earnhardt were good friends.

    Perhaps this will change your mind. Mr. Williams is, as some would say, “one of us.”

    Thanks for reading.

    – CE

    • wallio - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Wow, very surprised by that. He seemed like he was like all the other millionaire liberal “fans” who flock to F1 races solely to be seen (Nicolas Cage, Cameron Diaz and The Rock spring to mind). Guess he does watch a bit. I cannot for the life of me picture Senior and Williams together. Very odd couple esque. Very surprising indeed.

  3. techmeister1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Ignorance abounds in the world today!

  4. grgstrickland - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    he is not only a race fan but a proud American as well since his wife drives a jeep and he drives a mustang as well as being one of the good guys.

  5. jbq2 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I just heard the news. I didn’t think much about it. However, it is starting to look like a “hothead” took out someone who dared to criticize him for aggression which knocked him out of the race. Even in NASCAR that would be murder.

  6. clambert2013 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    If you have not driven a race car, you have no idea how impossible it can be to put the car somewhere else on the track once you have committed to a line. Especially sprint cars. The throttle is used to turn the cars. Amateurs can interpret a blip of the throttle as speeding up but it can be the only way to turn the car based on the balance of the weight distribution on all four tires at the time. Things happen unbelievably fast in a short track sprint car race. I just wish the poor guy would not have walked into the racing line. The driver in front of Stewart barely missed hitting. Stewart was not able to. To accuse a driver of murder with nothing but innuendo should be a crime. The victims friend tells the media that Stewart deserves the death penalty and the media prints it. That should be a crime.

  7. bobbyg1944 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Regarding: Tony Stewart and the very tragic incident last Saturday evening in Canandaigua N.Y.

    First let me say, this tragic incident will undeniably lead to embellished charges against any racecar driver that wrecks another out of a race. It could lead to a law suit by the victim(s) because they were not able to finish the race and possible winning that race or even other races if he were injured enough to be sidelined for a while. We all have seen authorities intervening in other contact sport altercations where serious injuries and or deaths have occurred over many decades like hockey, football, baseball, and recently soccer so now why not auto racing.

    There are altercations from a variety of drivers where a they will get out of their wrecked racecar and onto the track and make a variety of jesters to another driver, including Tony Stewart, but what I have witnessed is they are in a much more pristine environment and the action by the aggressor is not happening in the path of the racecar. But that never will stop the court of public opinion, especially when a particular driver is not liked by a portion of the race fans and the public that does not faithfully follow auto racing.

    I am not for any type of legal action in contact sports as it leads to cry-babies and no one wants that in professional sports. I am definitely not saying investigations should not be forthcoming when there is serious injury or death but there was, in this case, a stupid action by Kevin Ward Jr. by getting out of his race car and walking out onto the darkened track (wearing a black fire suit) to confront Tony. If Kevin had not dashed onto the track in front of Tony he most definitely would not have put himself in jeopardy like he did.

    I do not know all the details and no one does, except God and Tony, but for the most part Tony Stewart has been tried and convicted of intentionally killing another driver by all that do not like him as a competitive driver and team owner in NASCAR.

    Speaking from my point of view, I don’t like many drivers myself and they are always the villain in my eyes when there is a crash on the track, just like all of you reading this piece. But that doesn’t make, in this case, Tony Stewart a murderer as some of the post comments have stated. Everyone should hold their accusations until all of the investigation has been completed. Until then we all need to pray for comfort for the family and friends of ALL involved and that the truth from all witnesses is not spun in favor of conviction.

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