EXCLUSIVE: Bubba on Tony Stewart: “I will defend my friend”

August 14th, 2014 by Staff

WFLA News Channel 8

(www.wfla.com) – He’s not afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to controversy. “I will stand up for my friend. I am loyal to a fault,” said Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

The nationally-syndicated radio talk show host is indeed fiercely loyal when it comes to his longtime friend, Sprint car racer Tony Stewart. The two have been buddies for nearly two decades. Bubba considers him family.

“He’s like a brother to me. I think Tony hung the moon,” Bubba told News Channel 8 Wednesday.

The two have seen each other through good times and bad, and Bubba has not shared his opinion with any local media on the recent tragic accident, until now. The longtime talk show host spoke out exclusively with News Channel 8 about the incident involving Stewart and Kevin Ward, Jr. that took place over the weekend at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park half-mile dirt track.

The young driver was killed in the accident, and it was all caught on video. A new angle of the video is getting a lot of attention. Some say it appears that Kevin jumped on the side of Tony’s car. Was the young driver so angry that he rushed towards Tony’s car, trying to get inside?

Ontario Sheriff Philip Povero told reporters, “At this time, there are no facts that exist that support any criminal behavior or conduct or any probable cause of a criminal act in this investigation.”

When we asked Bubba why he spoke out, he told us, “Well, that’s what I do. I speak out for the little guy. I’m the people’s hammer. I’m the guy who speaks out for the unpopular opinion. Plus, he’s a pretty damn good friend of mine, and a damn good person. I think he’s getting the screw job. No one is telling the real story because that doesn’t make headlines or sell papers.”

Bubba’s son, Tyler, races every week for Tony Stewart’s team. In fact, Tyler races a car once driven by Tony, given to the 6th grader by the pro-driver. Tyler considers Tony a mentor. Tony calls him once a week and reviews his races, even reminding him to keep up his grades.

Bubba chuckled, “My son won’t listen to his dad, but man, when Tony called him to pick up the grades or we’d park the car, then he listened.”

“I was worried about him I know he’s going through a hard time right now,” Tyler said. “This isn’t his fault. That guy went on the track.”

Bubba is hoping that people will remember the image of Tony Stewart as a mentor, philanthropist and friend when they think of racing.

“I am the closest person to this mishap. I own a racetrack, my son races and I know Tony. He did nothing wrong,” Bubba said. “I will defend him to the end.”


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