As the owner of Eldora Speedway and with a number of other business ventures under his purview, Tony Stewart is not in the public eye quite as much as he used to be during his NASCAR racing days. But, there was a time, not too long ago, in fact, when Smoke would have no problem inserting himself right in the middle of the fray. This culminated in a number of NASCAR fights and feuds both on and off the track.
His dust-up with Joey Logano following the 2013 Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Fontana, California-based Auto Club Speedway particularly comes to mind as one of Stewart’s more memorable race track outbursts.
As you can see from the footage, both drivers ended up exchanging some harsh words and a few shoves until their respective pit crew members separated them. If you watched the race live, you may remember that the whole thing started when Logano decided to block Stewart down to the inside following a final restart, causing him to lose his momentum and ultimately drop to a 22nd place finish.
During their post-race altercation, Logano also threw a water bottle at Stewart, prompting him to call the NASCAR driver “a little girl.”
“It’s time he learns a lesson,” Stewart said about Logano following the incident, according to USA Today. “He’s run his mouth long enough and done this double standard, but he’s nothing but a little rich kid who has never had to work in his life.”
Of course, Stewart had much harsher words to say in the immediate aftermath of the race.
Logano would ending up drawing the ire of many NASCAR drivers after his crash with Denny Hamlin on the final lap of the Sprint Cup Series race ended in Hamlin getting airlifted to the hospital due to complaint of lower back pain.
Tony Stewart most of all expressed frustration over Logano’s aggressive tactics, mostly because Logano had been known to complain about drivers doing that very same thing.
“He has that right, he has the choice to do that,” Stewart said of Logano’s blocking maneuver. “If he ever turns down across in front of me again, I don’t care what lap it is, he won’t make it through the other end of it.
“I’m tired of these guys doing that stuff. Especially out of a kid that’s been griping about everybody else and then he does that the next week. He sent Denny to the hospital and screwed our day up. He’s talked the talk, but he hasn’t walked the walk yet. He’s always got his crew guys walking the walk for him.”
In the ensuing chaos caused by the crash, Kyle Busch would end up eking out a first place finish. While Rowdy may have dodged a confrontation with Logano that day, the two would have their day in 2017, when Rowdy sucker punched Logano following some final lap contact on the part of Logano at the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas.
Apparently the Team Penske racer really has a knack for getting under other drivers’ skin, and the Tony Stewart vs. Joey Logano fight will go down as one of the more infamous examples of that.