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Just Tony being Tony- Stewart allegedly involved in confrontation in Australia

By admin | January 15, 2011

By Richard Allen

 

For the past several days NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been in Australia 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 ‘Prelude to the Dream’ 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 Morris’ 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 sport’s most volatile personalities. In other words, while in Australia he apparently was just Tony being Tony in every way.

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5 Responses to “Just Tony being Tony- Stewart allegedly involved in confrontation in Australia”

  1. Richard Allen Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    According to this second story (http://www.speedcafe.com.au/2011/01/16/stewart-released-%e2%80%93-but-problems-not-over/) Stewart was questioned and released but if further investigation warrants, he could be asked to return to Australia.

  2. Joe from Pittsburgh Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Way to help the ratings for NASCAR in the US Tony….oh wait…..my bad. Maybe he should move there because alas,we get very little of that here nowadays.

  3. Ginger Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    This “Tony just being Tony” is getting old fast. At almost 40 years of age he is supposed to be a man. When will he begin acting like one?

  4. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I was a big Tony Man for years, but, he needs to be more like Dale Earnhardt and less like Terry McCarl.

  5. aginn Says:
    January 17th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Not sure what to think about Tony these days.
    All that is certain is that there was not enough information in this article to make ANY judgement about either the track co-owner or Stewart. Anyone taking things to judgement from this has their own issues.