UPDATE 08/10/2014: We’re taking a break from our normal conversation about Tony Stewart’s girlfriend, and this update certainly isn’t about speculating on Kevin Ward’s girlfriend.
Since early 2011, there has been more speculation that the couple has split up.
In an interview before a New Hampshire race, Stewart said:“We got rid of some dead weight earlier this week, so it made it a lot easier. Just sometimes you have to make adjustments in your life, and we did that and it has definitely helped.”“Dead weight,” became fodder for media and drivers alike.
After being involved in a wreck, Ward exited his car and was walking across the track.
Stewart came around a turn fishtailing and was unable to stop striking Ward and sending him into the air. One of the first NASCAR posts we ever wrote during our infancy of the site was about Tony Stewart’s girlfriend Jessica Zemken.
Rodger Ward, holding the family dog, gets a kiss from his wife in victory lane after winning the 1959 race.
Ward, who set a new Indy 500 record with an average speed of 135.857 in his Leader Card 500 Roadster, also holds a bottle of milk, a tradition for Indy winners since 1933.
While very little was known about the couple, we did know enough then that online speculation was insufficient to establish a true relationship.
Fast forward five years, and it’s pretty apparent that Jessica Zemken is (or at least was) Tony Stewart’s girlfriend.
ESPN even ran a column speculating on what exactly the dead weight in question was after comedic exchanges with other drivers like Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.