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Grand Jury to Review Evidence in Ward Death

The Ontario County District Attorney in the state of New York has taken all evidence into the investigation into Kevin Ward, Jr.’s death to the grand jury.

Ward died after being struck by the rear of a sprint car driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart during a dirt track competition at Canandaigua Motorsport Park on Aug. 9. Ward and Stewart had contact on lap 14 which created a caution. It was during the caution when Ward exited his racecar and walked onto the dirt racing surface. Stewart passed by and hit Ward as he was approaching Stewart’s racecar. The impact resulted mortal injuries. Ward died of massive blunt trauma, according to an autopsy.

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Parker Fritz 8/30/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Parker Fritz, a member of the Football Team at West Central High School.

Parker led his team to a 34-0 upset of the Culver Cavaliers on opening night of the new season, helping his team send a resounding statement to their former Head Coach, Darren Rodriguez, now the Coach of the Cavaliers, and giving the Trojans new Head Coach, Marc Hall, his first win at West Central.

The 5-9, 170-pound Senior had a career night on both sides of the ball. On offense, he carried the ball 16 times for 242 yards and three touchdowns and also picked up 34 yards on a pass reception.

On defense, Parker again showed great leadership with 6 tackles, including one for loss, one for a quarterback sack and one that forced a fumble!

Parker is the son of Jamie and Shannon Fritz and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on wkvi.com.

Congratulations to Parker Fritz of West Central High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Keselowski Collects First Win in Chase, Wins Second Consecutive Race

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Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images

He battled back from outside the top ten twice on the day to capture the first win in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. This was his second consecutive win and fifth win on the season.

Keselowski now moves into the second round in the Chase grid called the contender round. He and 11 others will make the move after the race at Dover International Speedway two weeks from now.

Here’s how the rest of the Chase drivers did in the race:

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Debut in ARCA Series a Great Start for Reeves

Josh Reeves

Josh Reeves

Josh Reeves brought home the No. 40 FRYESTRONG/Texas Sales Dodge in 23rd position Saturday night in his ARCA Series racing debut at Salem Speedway in Indiana.

Reeves reported a tight condition throughout much of the race. He started in the 21st spot and had worked his way up to 17th when a right front tire caused trouble for the driver about halfway through the 200-lap race. Reeves was able to keep the car from sustaining any damage and the entry for the Carter 2 Motorsports team had a positive showing in the contest.

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Busch Wins Fourth Truck Series Race

Lucas Oil 225

Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images

He started the race from the rear of the field twice and still managed to win the Lucas Oil 225 Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kyle Busch passed 61 trucks throughout the race after having to start the race in the 32nd spot and charging to the front. A speeding penalty after the competition caution on lap 32 sent Busch back to the end of field but he was back up battling for the lead within 20 laps.

The racing surface, although one of the roughest on the schedule, provided many grooves for the drivers to find their way around the 1.5 mile track. At times there were drivers fanning out four wide for position.

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Investigation into Sprint Car Death Complete

The investigation into the death of Kevin A. Ward, Jr. is complete, according to New York’s Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero.

Ward died from injuries sustained after being hit by a sprint car on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and Ward had contact on lap 14 in a race in which they were competing which brought out a caution. During the caution situation, Ward removed himself from his car and walked onto the racing surface. As he neared Stewart’s racecar, the rear of Stewart’s car struck Ward. Ward sustained massive blunt trauma and died of those injuries.

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Local Scores 9/9/14

Boys Cross Country

NJSP-15  LaCrosse-No Score  North White-No Score

John Glenn-15  Knox-31  LaVille-60

Girls Cross Country

North White-33  NJSP-43  LaCrosse-47

Girls Golf

NJSP-228  West Central-240  Knox-250

Boys Tennis

NJSP-5  LaVille-0

Volleyball

Culver-3  Argos-1

John Glenn-3  S.B. Adams-0

Reeves to Make Debut in ARCA Series at Salem Speedway

Josh Reeves

Josh Reeves

Goals can be attained as long as determination and will are behind passion.

That’s what development driver Josh Reeves is working on as he will strap into the seat of a Carter 2 Motorsports racecar on Saturday, Sept. 13 in the ARCA Series race at Salem Speedway.

The Bassett, Virginia native will be making his debut in the series in what Reeves hopes to be the beginning of a career in the upper brackets of racing.

He recently completed a successful test at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, North Carolina and will be using what he learned there to apply to the race at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana this week.

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Keselowski Gets Win at Richmond, Chase Field Set

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

From the green flag to the checkered flag, Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 team had the car to beat at Richmond International Raceway. The car was fast on the track and the pit crew members got Keselowski out of pit road first on every pit stop. To say it was a dominant performance by the Team Penske group may be an understatement.

Keselowski, who had the pole for the race, led 383 out of the available 400 laps in the race to win his fourth race this season. He is the first driver to win that many races this season and has gained the top seed entering NASCAR’s post season next week in Chicago. He captured the 400th win for owner Roger Penske.

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Kahne Wins at Atlanta

Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia.  Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images

You can’t always bet that the most dominant car is going to win any race. Kasey Kahne proved that Sunday night in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick had the car to beat but Kahne got the better of him at the end.

A caution came out with about 30 laps to go when Brad Keselowski got into the back of Josh Wise. Denny Hamlin was about ready to pit and couldn’t get to pit lane as another car was slowing to let Hamlin go by which caused a bottleneck in that area. Wise slowed and Keselowski couldn’t avoid the collision.

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Blaney Picks up First Truck Series Win in Dramatic Fashion

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, and German Quiroga, driver of the #77 OtterBox Toyota, take the checkered flag during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 on August 31, 2014 in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, and German Quiroga, driver of the #77 OtterBox Toyota, take the checkered flag during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 on August 31, 2014 in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images

It came down to the final three turns and the first place runner and the second place runner were swapping the lead. Ryan Blaney, who had been leading after the final caution and most of the race, was getting some pressure from German Quiroga in the closing laps of the 64-lap feature at the road course north of the border. As they entered into the final turns at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Quiroga was able to get by Blaney for the lead but Blaney performed a quick crossover move and was able to just inch in front of Quiroga as they crossed the finish line.

The margin of victory was 0.050 seconds.

This was Blaney’s first win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season and his 10th top 10 finish of the year. Blaney sits third in the points standings and is now 13 points behind Johnny Sauter in the hunt for the championship.

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Week 2 Football Predictions

Harold’s Picks (3-1)

Jimtown over John Glenn

South Central over Culver

West Central over Caston

North Judson over Knox

Winamac over Pioneer

Nathan’s Picks (3-1)

John Glenn over Jimtown

Culver over South Central

West Central over Caston

Knox over North Judson

Winamac over Pioneer

Tom’s Blind Picks (1-3)

John Glenn over Jimtown

South Central over Culver

Caston over West Central

North Judson over Knox

Winamac over Pioneer

Local Scores 8/29/14

Boys Cross Country

Triton-25  Knox-30 (Top Finisher: Knox-Seth Hernandez)

Girls Cross Country

Knox-15  Triton-No Score (Top Finisher: Knox-Sophie Flora)

Girls Golf

John Glenn-200  Triton-240  Knox-303 (Medalists: Glenn-Anna Schmeltz-46; Knox-Kindrick Joseph-60)

Boys Tennis

LaLumier-4  NJSP-1 (Winners: NJ- #1 DBLs Kaden Shepherd and Bane Stayrook)

Volleyball

John Glenn-3  Triton-0

Oregon-Davis-3  NJSP-1

Plymouth-3  Knox-1

 

Tony Stewart to Return to Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

Officials from Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday afternoon that Tony Stewart will be back in the seat of the No. 14 Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart has not raced in a NASCAR race since being involved in a winged sprint car accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York where Kevin Ward, Jr. lost his life on Aug. 9. The last race he competed in on the NASCAR level was at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 3.

NASCAR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said officials have been in constant contact with Stewart’s team and they will stay close to the situation as Stewart returns to the track. O’Donnell added that Stewart has “received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities”.

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8/28/14 Local Scores

Girls Golf

John Glenn-182  Mishawaka-218 (Glenn Medalist: Anna Schmeltz-42)

Pioneer-224  Knox-266 (Knox Medalist: Kourtney Wagner-55)

Boys Tennis

John Glenn-4  Tippecanoe Valley-1 (Glenn Winners: #1 Singles-Hunter Jaworski; #2 Singles-Calvin Kretchmer; #1 DBLs-Drew McDonald and Evan Rhodes; #2 DBLs-Kevin Auman and Drew Sheffer)

Knox-3  Triton-2 (Knox Winners: #1 Singles-Jordan Anderson; #3 Singles-Daulton Materna; #2 DBLs-Tyler Wallingford and Kooper Broeker)

Volleyball

John Glenn-3  S.B. Clay-0

Morgan Twp.-3  Oregon-Davis-0

Local Scores 8/26/14

Boys Cross Country

(Bi-County)

Winamac-16  Knox-56  West Central-63  NJSP-89  Oregon-Davis-No Score (Top Finishers: Winamac-Kyle Collins; Knox-Seth Hernandez; WC-Max Wuethrich; NJ-Nick Snyder; OD-Kevin Avery)

Girls Cross Country

(Bi-County)

Winamac-23  NJSP-40  Knox-64  West Central-No Score  Oregon-Davis-No Score (Top Finishers: Winamac-Claire Collins; NJ-Casey Korniak; Knox-Sophie Flora; WC-Aerial Barlow)

Boys Tennis

Knox-4  Kankakee Valley-1

New Prairie-5  NJSP-0

Volleyball

John Glenn-3  Jimtown-1

S.B. St. Joe-3  Knox-0

Washington Twp-3  NJSP-1

INTERVIEW: Cameron Hayley

Cameron HayleyCameron Hayley will be making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunday at Canadian Motorsports Park.  He sounds pretty confident headed into this weekend’s event that begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.  Hear what he has to say about his road to this level and other tracks on his schedule this season in this Behind the Wheel interview:

Cameron Haley Behind the Wheel