The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
NASCAR Fan Forbids Daughter To Date Tony Stewart
Originally posted 4/14/2003

Tony Stewart, left, and Kayline Martin, who's forbidden to date him
MURFREESBORO, TN - NASCAR fan Ewell Martin forbade his 16-year-old daughter, Kayline, from ever dating 2002 Winston Cup champion and famously short-tempered driver Tony Stewart this week.

"We were watching the Virginia 500," Kayline reported Sunday evening, "and they showed a car with Home Depot on it. Then Daddy said, 'I don't like that Tony Stewart. God help you if you ever bring that guy home to dinner.' I had never even heard of him."

Stewart, an accomplished driver, has had several run-ins with reporters, NASCAR officials and other drivers in his brief career. As a rookie in 1999, he tried to reach into rival Kenny Irwin's car and grab him as Irwin drove by. In 2000 he engaged in a profanity-laced, on-camera shouting match with Jeff Gordon at Watkins Glen. In 2001 he had to be restrained by his crew chief and others from assaulting a NASCAR official, and in 2002 he was fined $10,000 by NASCAR and $50,000 by his sponsor for punching a free-lance photographer following the Brickyard 400.

Martin, 42, an appliance salesman at Sears and a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, said that his daughter ought to know better than to go out with a guy like Stewart. "He's a hot-head," Martin said. "I told Kayline that if she ever met him, don't pay him no mind. He's no good, not for my little girl."

Kayline Martin said Sunday that had her dad not mentioned Tony Stewart, dating him never would have crossed her mind. "They did show his picture on TV though," she said, "and he looked awfully cute. I'm sure if we went out I could get him to calm down and behave a little better."

When reporters asked Stewart to comment on the situation after Sunday's race in Martinsville, VA, Stewart punched them.

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