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Heartland racecar driver reacts to Tony Stewart's recent accident

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Following a recent accident on a New York racetrack where Kevin Ward, Jr., 20, was hit and killed by NASCAR’s Tony Stewart, one Heartland racecar driver said there could be more to the accident than what meets the eye.

“The containment seat, it’s got a headrest on each side,” Robby Moore said.

Moore’s car isn’t a sprint car like the one Tony Stewart was driving, but there are similarities when it comes to visibility. Ward was wearing a black suit and was outside his car when Steward hit him.

“[The headrest] runs right alongside of your head right here and it takes a lot of your peripheral away,” Moore said.

He said that’s not the only thing that could have kept Stewart from seeing Ward, who was standing on the track. The helmet also limits what drivers can see.

“That’s what you’re looking through,” Moore says pointing to the small viewing space in this helmet.

Moore said even then, a man on the track outside of his car, was likely the last thing Stewart expected.

“As a race car driver, you’re not looking for another driver to be walking across the race track. You’re thinking about adjusting the brakes or whatever your race car is doing,” Moore said.

This driver said, with all those factors, the accident likely comes down to one thing.

“I would say he just never saw the boy until the last minute,” Moore said.

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