Tony Stewart caught on video appearing to throw punch at heckling fan at dirt track

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17:  Team owner Tony Stewart stands on the grid during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Don't heckle Tony Stewart. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Tony Stewart didn’t take too kindly to what a fan at a dirt track was saying to him over the weekend.

In a video that’s making the rounds over social media and also obtained by TMZ, Stewart appeared to go after a man at a Minnesota dirt track Friday night after a verbal confrontation. It’s unclear what the man says to Stewart in the video, but it was enough for Stewart to chase him around a pickup truck and apparently throw a punch.

In a video from a different angle from the one that was obtained by TMZ, it sure looks and sounds like the punch connected. The audio has some curse words. Consider this your warning.

Per the TMZ report, the man was upset that Stewart’s race didn’t last very long. Stewart had responded that he had an engine problem. While we don’t condone punching fans in the slightest, we also don’t condone loudly heckling people to provoke them. Yes, Stewart shouldn’t have gone after the man. That’s obvious. But it also should be obvious to act like a mature human being at all times.

The TMZ report also noted that police were not called.

Stewart’s Sunday night went a lot better than his Friday night did. The Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner won a sprint car race in Iowa on Sunday night. It was his first win on the sprint car All-Star Circuit of Champions since February.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports

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