Dale Jr., Johnson weigh in on latest twist in Tony Stewart saga


Tony Stewart won’t be facing criminal charges following his involvement in a fatal sprint car accident last month.

But for at least two of his peers on the Sprint Cup circuit, relief isn’t exactly the emotion they feel so much as continued sympathy for him and for the family of Kevin Ward Jr., the driver struck and killed by Stewart’s car on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he tried not to pay too much attention to the Stewart saga, but noted that “you get something in the pit of your stomach that is sort of this frightfulness or this fear for Tony and what he is having to deal with.”

“Just having known him for all these years, you can imagine that he is going through something super emotional and overwhelming by a huge measure,” he added. “There is sort of a sickness…for what Tony is going through, but at the same time you never really forget that somebody was killed.

“There is a family with a hole in their heart and they have got to figure out a way to live out the rest of their lives with this always on their mind. It will have a huge effect on both sides for so many years. It’s just super-duper unfortunate.”

Earnhardt’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson, was also asked to share his thoughts on Stewart being cleared of charges.

Like Earnhardt, he too emphasized the sadness of Ward’s death. But he also admitted that the revelation of Ward’s toxicology report saying he had marijuana in his system (enough to impair judgement according to Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney Michael Tantillo) was “shocking to see.”

“From a friend perspective and worrying about Tony and understanding what he’s gone through and how tough this has been on him, I’m sure there is some type of relief that it’s kind of done, in that respect,” Johnson said.

“But at the same time, coming back to the Ward family, even in the remarks I read from Tony, I’m sure he feels okay about not having this go any further and there being legal actions.

“A civil suit is still out there and that can happen for any reason; to anybody in this room. But, the other side of it, still first and foremost on Tony’s mind is that it was an accident and his heart is still out for the Ward family.”

Stewart declared his innocence in an interview Thursday with the Associated Press that was released earlier this morning.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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