Who Is Tony Stewart Off the Race Track?

ESPN's Mike Massaro discusses the man now under scrutiny after an accident left a fellow racer dead.
1:43 | 08/11/14

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Mike we're talking about a guy known for his bad temper on the track but off the track. A little bit different in fact quite a bit different and and I think that is what's confusing this situation so much. A lot of folks are quick to judge and Tony Stewart is based upon what they've seen on television during race broadcasts and such and -- highlight films to a large degree that's his image. That's helped build the brand. Tony Stewart a lot of NASCAR fans embraced -- and they want the villain so to speak. But I don't know if that's necessarily who Tony Stewart is a waste from the racetrack and -- a lot of time with him. He's more docile. Very calm very charitable -- he donates millions of dollars every year to charities. Without any publicity because he doesn't want anybody -- so I think I caution folks right now in terms of drawing judgment on this particular incident. Based upon what they've seen on TV about Tony and his reputation because. While I agree he is politically incorrect I think there's a big difference between that. In being violent I haven't seen tendencies in that direction is so when you're looking at this racetrack here in -- -- 11. No and that's one of the things that the investigators are looking at they they want to understand. The visibility that that Tony Stewart had. They're gonna take into consideration the clothing and that award was wearing a black -- a black fire suit. And as you mentioned the lightning. I've been -- several short tracks around the country local short tracks and I can say that this may not be the worst flooding -- seen but certainly it is not the best -- -- not state of the art we've we've been high school baseball football fields -- better lighting than this so. That will be something that's in question.

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