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Tony Stewart, Kevin Ward Jr. still at tragic intersection

Tony Stewart, Kevin Ward Jr. still at tragic intersection

In the world of cosmic payback, there are people who have deemed Tony Stewart guilty of the crime, and therefore he must be punished. In the world of common sense, plenty of people — including myself — are shaking their heads at why cruel karma keeps careering onto Stewart's path, a whirlwind of physical and emotional pain. No one has a playbook on grieving, so it's difficult not to sound crass when dissecting the circumstances involving the death of Kevin Ward Jr. after he was struck by Stewart's car in a New York dirt-track race a year ago. Ward's family has filed a civil suit, a move that conjures up the pain and the controversy and the ghosts again....

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