More than 700 people showed up to South Lewis Senior High School for a 90 minute funeral service for Kevin Ward Jr who was tragically hit by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart during a dirt track race on Saturday in New York.
"Even if he had rough day, he always had a smile," said by his best friend Dylan Swiernik "We were just two small-town boys trying to make it in the big world. He was always working on something. It was unbelievable how smart he was. He never got down on himself when weren't going his way."
After the service proceeded, he was buried in his nearby hometown in Port Leyden where all the mourners let off balloons in his racing colors of orange, white and black.
Ward died on Saturday night after he was bumped by Stewart's car, sending him into the wall. Ward jumped out of the car, throwing angry gestures towards Stewart on the track and No.14's car seemed to fishtail out of control and hit Ward throwing him into the air. Despite Stewart's well known temper, no charges have been filed against him for allegedly, intentionally hitting Ward on the track.
Kevin Harvick who drives the No.4 car considers Stewart a friend stated "I know in my heart he would never do anything like that on purpose. We just have to let it all play out. I do know that Tony is a great friend of mine. I've known him a long time and I do know that Tony probably has the biggest heart of anybody in that garage."
Stewart has withdrawn from two races since the accident last Saturday.