Local sprint car driver and radio talk show host Bruce St. James weighs in on Tony Stewart crash

PHOENIX - When radio talk show host Bruce St. James is not on the air for 92.3 KTAR, you can most likely find him on the racetrack.

“I can tell you from firsthand experience, it took a while for me to get comfortable with the fact that you really couldn’t see a lot out of the right side of the race car,” said St. James.

St. James has been racing sprint cars professionally for 16 years. He regrets watching the disturbing video of Saturday night’s crash , but believes he knows why it happened.

“He had no idea that Kevin Ward had hit the fence and spun out. You would not know that. There are no mirrors in these cars, they don’t have a pit crew talking to you giving you updates,” St. James said.

He says the tracks are often dark, vision is limited, and drivers don’t expect a person to be walking on the track during a race.

“I don’t think it’s intentional,” he said. “I’ve heard people reference Tony Stewart’s anger and anger issues in the past, and the only problem I have with that is he had no reason to be angry. He had just passed Kevin Ward Jr.”

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