Kevin Harvick defends team owner Stewart, says he would not have done it on purpose

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick defended his car owner and three-time series champion Tony Stewart on Wednesday.

“Tony Stewart is a great person,” Harvick said. “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 he probably has the biggest heart of anybody in that garage.”

Stewart made contact with Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt-track race last Saturday night at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. Following the incident Ward got out of the car and walked onto the track, where he was hit by Stewart during a caution lap.

“There a lot of things going on, a lot of things you don’t understand, with the sensitivity of the situation,” Harvick said. “I spent some time with the team just making sure everyone’s ready to go this weekend. If you look at what’s going on with our specific race team, I feel like the guys are ready to go.”

There are no charges pending against Stewart who skipped last weekends race at Watkins Glen International. Currently Stewart is on the entry list for this weekends race at Michigan.