Report: Tony Stewart Detained By Police In Australia After Alleged Off-Track Altercation

An Australian racing web site is reporting that Tony Stewart is being held for questioning by police in Australia after an alleged incident at Sydney Speedway, though Stewart's representative told SB Nation that the driver is resting in his hotel.

The site SpeedCafe said Stewart, who has been racing in Australia during NASCAR's offseason, may have been upset about the track conditions and confronted speedway co-owner Brett Morris.

The report says "a helmet and punches were rumored to be thrown and exchanged during the alleged altercation" and that police are involved in the investigation:

Staff at Parramatta Police Station confirmed to Speedcafe.com.au this morning at 12.49am (AEDST) that Stewart was being held for questioning, but indicated that nothing could be confirmed about the incident until later today –including whether Stewart had been officially charged or whether similar charges were being pursued by Stewart against Morris.

"We're attempting to gather whatever information we can get our hands on in an effort to separate fact from fiction," Stewart's public relations representative Mike Arning told SB Nation via e-mail Saturday. "However, we can say that Tony Stewart is not being held anywhere and is resting in his hotel in Australia.

"While we have spoken with him, he's still half a world away, so figuring out what did or didn't happen is going to take some time."

Stewart was reportedly supposed to depart Australia later today, the site said, but that may be in jeopardy now. An e-mail request for comment from Sydney Speedway officials was not immediately returned.

This wouldn't be the first time Stewart has gotten involved in an off-track incident with an official. In July 2008, an infuriated Stewart pulled off the headset of one official and shoved another at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis (though nothing ever came of that incident, which was caught on camera).

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