DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 6, 1999) Tony Stewart's incidents involving Texaco/Havoline Ford driver Kenny Irwin will cost him $5,000. NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year point leader Tony Stewart has been fined $5,000 for his actions...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 6, 1999) Tony Stewart's incidents involving Texaco/Havoline Ford driver Kenny Irwin will cost him $5,000. NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year point leader Tony Stewart has been fined $5,000 for his actions during the running of last Sunday's NAPA AutoCare 500 at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR officials announced Wednesday. Stewart's fine resulted from a violation of Rule 12-4 A in the NASCAR Winston Cup Rule Book: Actions detrimental to auto racing.
During the running of the 28th event of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season at the .526-mile Martinsville oval, Stewart's No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac was involved in several on-track incidents with the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford of former open-wheel rival Kenny Irwin.
In what was at least the fourth incident of contact between the two in the race, Irwin's car contacted Stewart's heading into Turn 1 and Stewart's car spun around and impacted the outside wall. Stewart exited his car, removed his "heat pads" from his driving shoes and strode to the middle of the track.
When Irwin passed by while the field circulated under caution, Stewart flung the pads at Irwin's windshield, then angrily gestured at Irwin and stuck his head in the window of the Robert Yates Racing car to further remonstrate with Irwin. Following that, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver stated in the media that he had hit Irwin intentionally at least once.
Stewart is currently fourth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series standings and has a 116-point lead over Elliott Sadler in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year race.
The series is competing at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., this weekend in the UAW-GM Quality 500.
Source: NASCAR Online