Seeing the words “Tony Stewart punches fan” probably doesn’t seem all that crazy, especially considering that the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has had quite the history with confrontation over the years. Let’s say that Smoke hasn’t always been one to just let it go.
On Friday, July 26, 2019, during “Tony Stewart Night” at the Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota, the Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner actually DID let it go. Well, if by letting it go, you mean letting his fist fly straight into a heckling dirt racing fan’s jaw.
Before the incident, Stewart was signing autographs following a Sprint Car race that ended for Tony after just one lap due to his engine blowing out. Apparently, one fan didn’t take all that kindly to Stewart’s early exit. Commence a not-so-friendly exchange of words followed by Smoke smoking the guy.
Per TMZ Sports:
“F*ck you, Tony,” the heckler allegedly said … “You piece of sh*t. You come here and basically race for one lap and quit, you piece of sh*t.”
That’s when Woehl says Tony responded, firing back, “I blew my engine, you f*cking asshole. Do you want to pay for it?”
The two traded a few more barbs…with Stewart deciding to unleash a single-barrel salute to the heckler with his left hand.
In the video, you can hear the heckler’s response, because he screams back at Stewart, “Hey, Tony, I got two of them” while flipping him off with BOTH hands.Advertisement
Stewart immediately lost his cool and went after the guy … and in the video, you can hear Tony’s left fist collide with the heckler’s face!!!
Woehl claims Tony said after the punch, “F*ck, I broke my hand.”
Woehl also says members of Tony’s camp took him away from scene almost immediately after the incident … while the heckler was ushered away by event security.Advertisement
As it turns out, the whole racetrack altercation was handled by Jackson Motorplex officials, and cops were not called to the scene. It’s a little bit of a surprise that the heckler didn’t try suing Stewart, but maybe, in the end, the guy was okay with taking his medicine.
This post was originally published on July 30, 2019.