|Kevin Ward, Jr.|
In an open letter provided to USA Today, Wendi Ward disputed toxicology reports and a statement by Ontario County (NY) District Attorney Michael Tantillo that Ward, Jr., had enough marijuana in his system to impair his judgment at the time of the Aug. 9 incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
“(Marijuana is) known to mellow a person," she wrote. "We understand that the report showed marijuana, but we as a family don't believe he was under the influence or impaired at the time, due to the 10 hours prior to the race that he spent with the family."
She also repeated her earlier claims that Stewart was careless, or intentionally attempted to intimidate her nephew on the night of his death.
"Tell me how a NASCAR star totally forgot what ‘caution’ means," she wrote. "Maybe he should get a different headset so he is able to hear on the radio that the car in caution is up high, so go low. Or was he low until he rounded the corner and saw Kevin Jr. standing up for himself?"
Sprint Cars are not equipped with two-way radios allowing drivers to communicate with their pit crews.
Stewart was cleared of any criminal charges last week, after a grand jury declined to hand-down an indictment after deliberating for less than an hour. He may still face a civil lawsuit, however, with Ward’s mother vowing recently to "pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin."