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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tony Stewart takes his scuffling Down Under; On-track action returning at Daytona, in California

You gotta love Tony Stewart. He can’t stop racing, and he can’t stop fighting either apparently.

It appears the NASCAR bad boy’s trip Down Under to race sprint cars got a little too exciting for local authorities.

At Sydney Speedway this weekend, Stewart was questioned by police, but not charged, after an altercation with another man, who was allegedly hit with a racing helmet by Stewart. Stewart was interviewed at a police station in Sydney, then released “pending further investigation”

More interesting is who the scuffle was with … allegedly Stewart was unhappy with the track conditions and was having a physical debate with the track’s co-owner.

Remind me to never nominate Stewart as ambassador to Australia if I ever become president.

Duno test goes well
Milka Duno’s test at Daytona in a Sheltra Motorsports car this week went well, as she was fifth fastest of all drivers testing, at 49.37 seconds (182.293 mph) in her Dodge.

So now that we know the car is fast, and she can do all right by herself, let’s see how see does on race day in a draft.

Bill Elliott firesuit, helmet for auction to help charity
Ford Customer Service Division’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation NASCAR Design Contest is auctioning the 2010 designed fire suit and helmet to raise additional support for a good cause.

Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott are auctioning the “Fired Up for a Cure” fire suit and helmet from the 2010 NASCAR Design Contest to benefit JDRF. Designed by eight-year-old, Carson Luther of Wildwood, MO, the fire suit and helmet that Elliott wore at the NASCAR event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October will be awarded to the highest bidder, with all the proceeds going to JDRF.

To bid on either of the JDRF items, fans can visit to bid on the fire suit and to bid on the helmet. Both items will be up for auction through Friday, January 21, at 5p.m.

Preseason Thunder arrives at Daytona, and fans can take part
Teams will get their first chance of 2011 to test out their equipment and the new Daytona surface when Preseason Thunder arrives Jan. 20-22. The cars will be on track from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

Fans can join the fun by attending the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona – the companion event to on-track activity. Along with watching the testing for free, fans can enjoy three Fan Fest sessions in Daytona’s Sprint FANZONE – from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 20 and 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Among the offerings will be driver question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Fans also can watch each day’s testing at no cost, beginning at 9 a.m. Visit for more information on NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona.

Toyota Speedway even set for Jan. 28-29
Michael Waltrip will serve as grand marshal for the upcoming 8th edition of Toyota All-Star Showdown -- set for January 28-29 at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California.

This is an exciting short-track event that features an eclectic mix of drivers.

In addition to all the stars of NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East and West, the weekend marks the NASCAR debut of Travis Pastrana --- who’ll compete for the first time for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, before embarking on his Nationwide series career.

Other drivers competing at the two-day All-Star event include Nationwide series driver Steve Wallace, as well as Max Gresham, Eric Holmes, Ryan Truex, D.J. Kennington, Bobby Santos, Burt Myers, Ty Dillon, Paulie Harraka, Patrick Long, David Mayhew, Brett Moffitt, Andrew Ranger, Greg Pursley, Auggie Vidovich and Darrell Wallace Jr. – many of whom are NASCAR stars of the future.

Tickets for this event are available at
or by calling (626) 358-1100.

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