Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NASCAR Notebook; Stewart Praises Townley's Fight

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NASCAR Notebook; Stewart Praises Townley's Fight

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Byline: Don Coble

Tony Stewart said Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley made his "top five hero list" after he attacked Spencer Gallagher after last Saturday night's race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Townley was upset Gallagher knocked him into the wall early in the race. The two wound up crashing hard in the first turn wall later in the race. As both got to the garage area, Townley threw a couple of punches, and the two wrestled until they were on the ground.

Stewart, whose known for his temperament, loved to see that kind of passion. In fact, he vowed to eat chicken at Zaxby's - Townley's sponsor - this week.

"Hey, I'm all for it," Stewart said. "I'm glad to see somebody had some emotion and actually did something with it. I'm going to live my life through him for this week. At least I did [Saturday night]."

For once, Stewart is amused he's not the one who's in trouble. He's also curious to know what a fight will cost him in fines. The 45-year-old driver said he will retire at the end of the season.

"I told [NASCAR vice chairman] Mike Helton I've been waiting for this day for a long time to see how much you get fined for a fight. I said, well, look at it this way, I've got a lot of scores to settle with people, and I've only got six months to do it. I've just got to figure out if it's economically feasible to do it."

Stewart also knows Townley and Gallagher will have to explain their roles to NASCAR officials, and Stewart knows that experience isn't pleasant.

"I got in trouble a lot with [NASCAR chairman] Brian France, but I got in trouble enough one day that I got invited to fly down to Daytona Beach, Fla., and go to his office, where I sat in the lobby for 30 minutes waiting on him and then I was only in there for 10 minutes and then I got to drive back and fly home."

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