By admin | January 15, 2011
By Richard Allen
For the past several days NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been in AustraliaÂ competing in sprint car races and helping to bring added exposure to the sport in a place where that type of racing has gained a foothold.
Stewart has proven to be quite good at drawing attention to his sport through not only his driving but his ownership of the Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Eldora hosts the popular â€˜Prelude to the Dreamâ€™ dirt late model race as well as some of the biggest late model and sprint car races in the country.
However, Stewart has also proven quite adept at getting himself into trouble over the years. The talented driver has found himself on probation from NASCAR, involved in heated run-ins with other drivers, and even once fined by his own sponsor.
It would seem as though Stewart took both of these above mentioned talents to Australia.
Not only did he race, but he also allegedly found a bit of trouble. According to a published report on the website Speedcafe.com.au (http://www.speedcafe.com.au/2011/01/15/stewart-interviewed-by-parramatta-police/), Stewart was involved in a physical confrontation at the Sydney Speedway with track co-owner Brett Morris which resulted in Stewart being questioned by the Parramatta(Australia) police.
It is believed that Stewart, who is racing for a team owned by Morrisâ€™ business partner and Australian speedway legend Garry Rush, had issues with track conditions after a hot lap session and made them known to Morris. A helmet and punches were rumored to have been thrown and exchanged during the alleged altercation.
Stewart was held by police for questioning but has not yet been charged with any crime. It is also not known if Stewart plans to press any charges of his own against Morris.
There is no doubt Tony Stewart is one of the greatest ambassadors for dirt racing, and racing in general, in America if not the world. However, he is also one of the sportâ€™s most volatile personalities. In other words, while in Australia he apparently was just Tony being Tony in every way.
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