The Blame Game

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This just in...Tony Stewart is being questioned for the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, his involvement in Watergate and for helping one of the Olsen Twins develop an eating disorder.

Simply put, Stewart is being blamed for everything and I don't feel sorry for him, or NASCAR, one bit.

NASCAR has had an opportunity to handle the Stewart matter time and again and has let it slip every time. Fines and probations are a joke and everyone knows it. The only thing that will get Stewart's attention, as well as his car owner Joe Gibbs and maybe most important their sponsor Home Depot, is to sit him out for a race. If it's good enough for Kevin Harvick and Jimmy Spencer, it's good enough for Tony Stewart.

Sunday's much-publicized incident with Kasey Kahne wasn't Stewart's fault. I was at the race, I watched the replay 1,000 times and I believe Kahne checked-up or didn't accelerate fast enough which caused Stewart to hit him in the rear bumper.

But because of his laundy list of past problems, the trouble with Stewart is whether he is right or wrong...he's wrong.

Take away the incident two weeks ago with Brian Vickers or the Stewart-Kahne accident at Darlington last March and Sunday's tangle is a non-issue. We've seen that jam up on restarts deal happen many times. But because it's Stewart, it's big news.

You can bet NASCAR will fine crew chiefs Tommy Baldwin and Greg Zipadelli for the embarassing pit road "fight," which was instigated by Baldwin and if anything, put NASCAR in a very bad light. Stewart will take the week off and go on to New Hampshire with the scary "probation" hanging over his head.

It's funny how much of a split personality Stewart has. Off the track, I've been around him when he's funny, playful, caring (his $1 million pledge to Victory Junction Gang Camp a perfect case in point) and a happy sort.

But then there's bad Tony, on the track and off. He'll skulk around the garage area, give two word answers in post-race media briefings and just act like he'd rather be somewhere else.

He's a racer, a damn good one too. But there's a dangerous path ahead for both Stewart and NASCAR if things aren't put under control - fast. Anytime the 20 car is 100 yards near an incident, you can bet who will take the blame.

Which reminds me, where was Stewart last October when the Cubs collapsed?

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