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Racer's account on Tony Stewart crash

Ontario County, N.Y. - Many racers never got to touch the muddy track at Canandaigua Motor Sports Park Saturday night because of the fatal crash.

Like Howard Washburn of Washburn Racing.

"Next thing we knew, all the cars were coming back into the pit. We knew it had to be bad then."

He was gearing up to get on the track next, but his match was cancelled after Tony Stewart's car hit Kevin Ward, Jr. who had walked onto the track.

"The crowd actually gathered behind Tony Stewart's trailer," said Washburn. "People had camera phones out trying to take video pictures. They made everyone put them away or they were going to confiscate them."

Investigators told us Stewart was visibly shaken up after the crash that killed the 20-year-old driver.

Washburn gave his account of Stewart's state before the race.

"He didn't seem to be in a bad mood or upset or nothing," said Washburn. "Tony had just won the Heat Race he was running, so he had to be feeling pretty good."

Washburn couldn't see the crash from the pit, but he saw video of it after.

"You don't get out of the car unless it's on fire," said Washburn. "Rubbing is racing. You're going to get hit. You're going to run into someone else. That's part of racing."

Washburn has sent his condolences to the family. "It's very sad to lose any driver," said Washburn.

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Washington Times