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NASCAR’S Tony Stewart Wants Boxing After the Races: Fan Reaction
After his victory at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 30, Tony Stewart shared his thoughts on NASCAR at a press conference. The race had 18 cautions and multiple wrecks. Stewart wants to see the aggression seen on the track move to a boxing ring.
Tony Stewart commented that the retaliation on the track was reaching extreme levels. He mentioned that NASCAR needs to set up a "boxing ring" after the races, so drivers do not take out their frustrations on the track. Stewart seems to want to return to NASCAR's past without stiff penalties and regulations for fights between drivers. He prefers settling problems with fists instead of words or dirty tactics on the track.
A Boxing Ring for Drivers?
NASCAR is unlikely to implement Tony Stewart's ideas in the future. Although fans may have fun watching their favorite drivers battle in a boxing ring, NASCAR is not going to be creating matches after races. Since the organization has been focusing on cleaning up its image and enforcing penalties, the boxing ring is out of the question. NASCAR is actually taking a more serious turn with the recent heavy penalties it issued for the use of illegal windshields.
Fighting After Racing in NASCAR's History
Fights between drivers during and after the races have ended are common in NASCAR. Despite the rise in penalties, they are not stopping and unlikely to end in the future. In May 2011, Kevin Harvick challenged Kyle Busch to a fight. Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick had a fight at the Lowe's Motor Speedway race in Oct. 2008. The two drivers continued their feud in 2010 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. After the 2003 GFS Marketplace 400 race, Jimmy Spencer punched Kurt Busch who was still inside his car.
The history of NASCAR seems to have evolved around the fighting, so Tony Stewart's suggestions are actually plausible. In 1979, Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison were involved in a serious fight at the Daytona 500 that left both men bloody. Yarborough was actually a Golden Gloves boxer in his youth. Considering the history of NASCAR, Stewart's idea is not that farfetched.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow her @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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