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Dan Patrick on Tony Stewart: “I want to know that it bothers him” (VIDEO)

Aug 13, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

More from The Dan Patrick Show: Dan Patrick offers his thoughts on how Tony Stewart should handle his situation moving forward. Patrick believes Stewart should not race this weekend in Michigan, and should also give a public statement explaining his view of what happened on the track when his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr.

[ MORE: Kevin Ward Jr.’s father speaks out, questions Tony Stewart ]

  1. tbirdbaby - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Oh Geez, another clueless idiot heard from

  2. mbdeane - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    The mind reels at the amount of basic stupidity at play here when so-called journalists and sportscasters know nothing of what they choose to speak or pontificate. I don’t know Tony Stewart, and though I love motor racing, I hate stock cars and oval dirt racing. So there is no bias here at all except this: I race cars and one of the first things you learn is not to get out of a car unless it is on fire. The best drivers are the cool headed, methodical types who analyze everything and miss nothing. Guys like Prost, Schumacher, Stewart and others did not make hot headed mistakes. They were cool, under complete control and even tempered. If you behave like a petulant kid, you put yourself and others at risk.

    So what could go wrong when a 20-year old exits his car at night wearing ALL black and wanders into the middle of cars going AT speed on a dirt track? Maybe those who saw him exit had the best view. But if you are trailing the tail end of a car in front of you, you have an obstructed view and virtually no time to react. And then there is the nature of these cars which slide around corners and are controlled as much by rear wheel speed as the steering wheel itself.

    I love the experts weighing in, pretending to know everything when they know nothing. Until the evidence is in and carefully considered, all the speculators really need to STFU. You only embarrass yourself…

    • childofsea - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Perfectly stated! People who don’t like Tony are saying his bad temper caused this to happen. Bull! The kid lost his temper because he got bumped out of the way. That happens in racing ALL THE TIME, especially on this type of track. Bottom line: stay in you car when on a racetrack. It’s dangerous out there even in your car, totally irresponsible to get out and run onto the track. Period. End of discussion.

      And Mr. Patrick, you over-the-hill half senile nitwit — I doubt Tony’s attorneys will let him make any kind of statement until the investigation is over. You should know that. Moron!

    • dameslc - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      You claim in your comment that

      “the best drivers are the cool headed, methodical types who analyze everything and miss nothing. Guys like Prost Schumacher Stewart and others did not make hot headed mistakes. they were cool under complete control and even tempered”

      But I find it hard to believe that you are a racing fan of any kind if you are using Michael Schumacher and especially Tony Stewart as examples of cool headed drivers though. Prost? maybe on the track but was the biggest whiner cry baby when he was unhappy and had problems with his teammate who was simply better and faster than him. You must not have seen Michael Schumacher’s reaction after the collision with David Coulthard at the 1998 Belgian grand prix. As for Tony Stewart, I almost think that you are joking or something! I do not know if this was Stewarts fault or not and until recently added details and testimonials from other drivers and witnesses, was leaning more towards believing that Stewart probably was not at fault and probably couldn’t have avoided it and was probably more the other drivers fault for getting out of his car and waking onto the race track. but not only does Tony have a widely known and scrutinized reputation for being a very hot headed driver with a very quick temper but he has also done the exact same thing in getting out of his car after an incident walking up close to passing cars and throwing his helmet.

      You are accusing Dan Patrick of weighing in on something he knows nothing about but it seems like you don’t know about Tony either.

    • theapeman2004 - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      I agree with what you are saying. I feel for Kevin Ward Jr’s family & friends for their loss I really do, it’s tragic to say the least. The minute Kevin decided to climb out of his car and walked on to the track, the kid sealed his own fate I’m sorry to say. If he would have just kept his cool, stayed in his car and waited until the race was over to confront Tony Stewart, he would still be alive today.

  3. markm5386 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I watched the video many times Tony was ahead of Ward into the corner how did he put him into the wall ? Ward should have lifted to avoid the wall. No matter what if ward stayed in his car he would be here with us today getting ready to race this weekend. As for the media you people should be ashamed

  4. almightymega - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    What the hell is a Dan Patrick? Are people supposed to care what this person thinks about racing? Go play with those dolls in front of you…

  5. spa67 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Of course it bothers him. He’s been in shock for days.

    If the kid stays in his car like he is supposed to he’s still alive. I race, I’ve got enough to worry about during a yellow flag, like looking out for safety vehicles and trying to stay with the pack and not rear end the guy in front. We count on the officials and common sense to keep these things from happening.

    100% the kid’s fault.

    Dan. If you REALLY want to report on this why don’t you take a Sprint car out for a few laps at caution speed. I’m sure you can arrange it.

  6. bigbrody99 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    If the guy would have just stayed in his car.If you run out into traffic what do you expect is going to happen.I hate what happened to the boy,and I am not a Stewart fan.

  7. bell1571 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    As a dirt track and NASCAR fan of 40 years, I know exactly what Tony Stewart did. We real race fans are not stupid, Tony Stewart. We know what you did, we know why you did it, and we know you screwed up doing it! We don’t think you intentionally killed Kevin Ward, we want you to own up to your actions. The video’s don’t lie Tony Stewart. It’s time to come clean.

    • jrscws38 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      I been a racing fan for the same amount of time plus drove dirt cars for years until I got hurt and couldn’t drive anymore so how in the he!! do you or anyone else know what Tony did or was thinking. If you know everything like you say you do then you need to go help people or you could be a rich person because you know everything someone is thinking.

  8. mopig104 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Dan, I understand this may not be posted. But with the comment you made I feel I must say something. I can promise you that with taking another person’s life it NEVER EVER stops bothering you. I can promise you that there are… what if times that hit you and you wonder where that person would be 2, 3 , 5, 10 years down the road. But that is a demon that Tony is gonna live with and I promise you that he will. How do I know? I have been there, still there, and will be there til I leave this earth in death. What bothers me most is the comment you made and knowing that is not a pain you haven’t had to endure. But yet you feel free to shed the doubt to others that have no conceivable idea of that pain so that you can gain more fame. Shame on you!

  9. Orcasite - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Well, if DAN PATRICK wants to know it, I guess maybe Tony Stewart should tell him.. Because, you know, DAN PATRICK.

  10. chad200mph - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Dan Payrick wants to know if Tony Stewart is bothered by the tragedy that happened Saturday night. If anyone is wondering about Tonys quick temper with certain members of the media, I can not think of a better illustration than this. Smart people have little patience for ignorance. Dan. The people want to know! Right, Dan? Well for those of us that are a few notches ahead of you on the intelligence scale, we already know. But people who can think for themselves aren’t the people you are pitching this to are they? No, you are talking to people that listen to you just because you make noise. People that will jump on your bandwagon to no-where and follow a false perception of leadership simply because you have your own show.
    If anyone is “on the fence” about Dan Patrick, please take time to look at other opinions. This guy is a sorry, selfish, blood thirsty, ratings whore. Sorry Dan, I just call em like I see em not just to hear myself make noise. I will, however tune into your show if you can get Tony on and pose your ponderance to his face. I’d imagine he would give you and your peers some some good old fashioned, quick tempered ammo! THAT would be good tv!

  11. rgraz - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Dan, you of course realize that there is an investigation going on and Stewart is rightly not going to say anything public while it’s going on. He has indicated that he’s very upset by what happened and it’s just too bad if that’s not good enough for you. You aren’t the kid’s family and you aren’t the law enforcement investigators looking into what happened. There are also reports from the drivers around Stewart that said that there is no way for him to have been able to not hit the kid. The kid jumped out in to the traffic and sadly paid for it with his life. Stewart is a jerk at times, just as is the Busch brothers and many other drivers. But that doesn’t extend to intentionally running over a kid. Stewart is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life, and I’m fairly certain that his racing career is going to suffer as well. Nothing compared to losing one’s life, or loved one, but even if Stewart was completely not at fault, he’s going to suffer from this.

  12. huskyfrk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    What a F’n tool. this clown has no understanding of racing. he thinks tony doesn’t feel bad ?? your right dan, Tony owes you Nothing. The kid screwed up. period . end of story.

  13. camino409robert1026 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Who cares what Dan Patrick wants! If anything, send some lights to that Yankee track so the drivers can see! You ever think Tony being behind the 45 car may have obstructed his view? It is terrible that Ward got killed but you also have to lay the blame with the lack of lighting, with Ward, & tony too!

  14. barkar942 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Dear Dan Patrick,
    Are your ratings so poor that you have to make asinine statements about a situation that is just plain tragic?
    Tony Stewart owes you, nor anyone else, any public explanation of this tragedy. The authorities need time to properly do their job. It is not every day of the year that a human being loses their life by getting run over at a race track.
    Two simple words describe the whole episode- Tragic and Sad.
    If this tragic happening occurred with one of that series regular drivers at the wheel, this would be nothing more than a two paragraph blurb that might have made it onto the local news website in Ontario, NY.
    My condolences to the family of Kevin Ward Jr., and my best wishes to Tony Stewart, knowing that nothing he can ever do will change the results of the tragic event that occurred.

  15. gingerm317 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Mr. Patrick,
    You want to know if it bothers him? That is the dumbest thing anyone could ever say. Tony is not the unfeeling person many are trying to portray him as being. As for speaking out he has his reasons and when the time comes he will make that statement if he decides that is the best thing to do. This was a terrible accident, no more no less. My heart and prayers go out to the Ward family. I stand behind Tony for he too, is suffering. I do however believe if this was not a well known driver, a NASCAR champion we would only see a one minute segment on the national news no more than two or three times if that much, but because Tony is who he is, he seems to be fair game to be tried and convicted in the court of public opinion and the media. Racing is a dangerous sport, always has been and always will be. Despite all the safety rules and equipment put in place now or in the future it will remain a dangerous sport. For anyone in racing or any fan that knows this sport well, if you are on a track while cars are running you are at risk of being hurt or killed.

  16. brianmcmillan58 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Blow Hard Dan Patrick says what Tony should do. Another sports personality that needs to STFU !!!!

  17. candydidnot - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    People seem to think Tony was “out to get Ward to teach him a lesson” Why? He probably never met him, didn’t have any reason to be angry with him and you can be damn sure he didn’t even see him on the track. If you know nothing about dirt track racing you need to learn before voicing an opinion
    I can guarantee if any other driver on that track had hit him we would not be having this conversation. It would be just another tragic racing accident.

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