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MARTINSVILLE (WSLS) - There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the deadly crash involving racers Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. Clay Campbell, President of Martinsville Speedway has known Stewart for years.

"Anyone who says Tony did it on purpose, that is pretty ludicrous" said Campbell. "Nobody would do something like that on purpose."

Stewart won 2 races at Martinsville Speedway including one in 2011. Campbell said tracks like the one at Canandaigua Motorsports Park can serve as practice for experienced pros or it can also be a place where rising racers like Ward get their starts. Unfortunately, this past weekend the two dedicated racers collided.

"In this case it is a dimly lit track" said Campbell. "You had a driver in a black uniform and a dark track. All of that is a recipe for something to go wrong."

In the past, Stewart has taken a stance against "blocking" which has helped raise awareness about the issue. Campbell said the accident between Stewart and Ward could encourage safety changes in a sport fueled by emotions

"Drivers have confrontations, we've seen it for years but maybe with something like this we can learn from it" said Campbell. "Maybe we can stop drivers from getting out of their car when people are circling the track."

Many hope to see something done to prevent an accident like this from ever happen again.

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