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Tony Stewart is looking to trade in his 7th place hardware for the Sprint Cup Trophy Jimmie Johnson has hands on.
Tony Stewart has already shown everyone he is fired up and back to his old ways.
Stewart went down under to Australia for his annual Sprintcar Racing trip with his driver Donny Schatz. Stewart and Schatz barnstormed the country until Stewart got into an altercation with Australian race promoter Brett Morris.
According to reports on Speed Cafe, Stewart was upset about track conditions and confronted Morris. Stewart threw a helmet, and it was reported that Stewart boarded his plane with a black eye.
The statement from local police in Sydney stated simply, "A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was taken to Parramatta Police Station after a 46-year-old man was allegedly struck in the face by a racing helmet.
"The 39-year-old man was released by police without charge, pending further investigation."
The old Smoke is back, and the competition better buckle their seat belts. Stewart runs well at the first three tracks on the schedule, and if he is fired up to prove himself as an owner/driver, it will be a fun year. Stewart has also locked up his sponsors for the season and now can focus on racing.
Stewart will win four races in 2011 and will be leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings when the series arrives in Homestead this January.
Check back with me in November and let me know how I did.