Tony Stewart & The Sociopathic Business Model™
August 10, 2014
From The New York Times:
Tony Stewart, a three-time Nascar champion, was moonlighting Saturday night. He had gone back to his racing roots for a few hours, competing in a local dirt-track event at Canandaigua Motorsport Park in upstate New York, bumping and grinding his high-powered open-wheel sprint car with the mostly unknown competitors on the track.
There was nothing unusual about Stewart’s presence there, or about the little hit that he delivered to Kevin Ward Jr.’s racecar that sent it spinning into the outside wall during the race. And it was not all that surprising to see Ward, 20, unbuckle his seatbelts, jump out of the racecar and look to confront Stewart on the track. Stewart himself had done that in a 2012 Nascar race.
But what happened next was hard for anyone to fathom, but available for the world to see in a widely circulated video. As Ward stood on the track and pointed at Stewart, Stewart’s racecar fishtailed, the right tire hitting Ward and dragging him under the car. Ward was thrown several feet and lay motionless on the track. He was later declared dead at F. F. Thompson Hospital.
Graphic video of the events:
A witness to Saturday night’s crash, the sprint-car driver Tyler Graves, told Sporting News that Stewart would have been able to see Ward from his car and that Stewart hit the throttle as he got close to Ward.
As of Sunday morning Tony Stewart’s team released a statement that it was “business as usual,” and that he would race later that day. The statement from Stewart’s camp was showing any lack of accountability, lack of shame, remorse or guilt; and, did not recognize the rights of others. After backlash it was later decided that he would not race on Sunday less than 24 short hours after ending a life on a race track.
Tony Stewart is known as one of the top 20 dirtiest drivers in NASCAR historycoming in at number five. Mr. Stewart is without doubt a business and one of unchecked pathological behavior. Granted Mr. Ward shouldn’t have gotten out of the car; but, Mr. Stewart (by eye witness accounts hit the throttle.) While this wasn’t a NASCAR event, I hope that NASCAR steps up like the NBA and bans Mr. Stewart of life and that’s he’s prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
And more of a history from International Business Times that reports several violent outbursts on the track regarding Mr. Stewart (viewed as a business/business model):
Stewart threw his helmet at Matt Kenseth’s car in the middle of a race. On Lap 332 of the Irwin Tools Night Race, the two drivers were involved in a crash that sent them both into a wall. Stewart was unable to control his anger, and didn’t hide the fact that he was out to get Kenseth.
“I checked up twice not to run over him,” Stewart said after the race. “And I learned my lesson there, and I’m going to run over him every chance I got until the end of the year. Every chance I got.”
In March 2013, Stewart tried to get physical with another driver on the track. When Joey Logano blocked Stewart on the last restart at Auto Club Speedway, the three-time Cup champion was none too pleased. Crew members had to separate the two, as Stewart pushed Logano, unprovoked, and threw a punch at him.
“He has that right, he has the choice to do that,” Stewart said of Logano’s blocking. “If he ever turns down across in front of me again, I don’t care what lap it is, he won’t make it through the other end of it.”
Stewart’s antics haven’t been limited to incidents on the track. He was accused of shoving a photographer in 2002, which led to a $10,000 fine by NASCAR a stint on probation. He was eventually forced to see an anger management specialist, though he would find himself in hot water just two years later for hitting Brian Vickers.
Though he was never charged with a crime, Stewart did have a run-in with the police in 2011. He got into an altercation with the co-owner of Sydney Speedway in Australia, whom he allegedly hit with his helmet. Stewart apologized for the incident, but he used his helmet as a weapon just two years later.
Stewart’s temper is undeniable. While it’s gotten him into trouble, it’s also what’s helped his popularity. In addition to his success on the track, Stewart’s attitude has helped make him a fan favorite. Last year, he finished in fourth place for the NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award, behind only Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon.
As recently as June, Stewart debuted in a new television commercial. In a sport that his heavily dominated by sponsorships, the 43-year-old is one of the best at bringing in advertisers, in part because of his personality.
Unchecked pathological history within a business model will be encouraged, replicated and rewarded until there is Forced Accounability on the part of The Tony Stewart Money making machine where the unethical and or illegal behavior will continue, this much we know from fact based evidence over time.