Drivers Council donating money raised for Tony Stewart fine to charity

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Tony Stewart will pay his $35,000 fine to NASCAR for comments on lug nut and wheel safety last week himself.

Meanwhile, after the Drivers Council announced it would pay Stewart’s fine, it will now donate the money to charity. In a press release, Stewart announced the $35,000 will go to Autism Delaware.

“I appreciated the Drivers Council support, but I didn’t want them to pay the fine,” Stewart said. “We decided as a group to donate the money to charity.”

Autism Delaware was founded in 1998 by Artie Kempner, coordinating director for NASCAR on FOX, and his wife, Marcy. In the last 18 years, the charity has raised $5 million and helped more than 1,000 children and adults living with autism.

“Artie is such a good friend to all of us and his foundation does a lot of great work,” Stewart said.

The money raised by the council will be presented by Denny Hamlin on May 12 in Wilmington, Delaware, at the Drive for Autism golf tournament, which is hosted by Kempner.

The Drivers Council, in its second season of existence, is made up of Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Hamlin and Stewart.