Bygones are bygones, as far as Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya are concerned.
Though the two drivers knocked each other around in the season finale November 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - with Stewart bumping Montoya into the wall and Montoya spinning Stewart down the frontstretch in retaliation - the drivers had settled their differences by the time Montoya appeared on Stewart's 'Stewie Awards' show on Sirius/XM Radio last week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Montoya received his Stewie for Best Driver-to-Crew-Chief Radio Chatter for his over-the-top reaction to the speeding penalty that ruined his chance to win at Indianapolis in July.
About his run-in with Stewart, Montoya was glib and matter-of-fact.
"It's funny," Montoya said Thursday before the Myers Brothers awards ceremonies at the Venetian Showroom. "Actually, I was talking with Tony (Wednesday), and we were laughing about it. It's crazy. You guys (reporters) make a big deal out of nothing. It's not the first time we got together.
"The last time we saw each other in qualifying afterwards, and we were laughing about it - after Texas my first year (2007) - and here we saw each other and it was like, when it happened, he knew it was coming. It wasn't a surprise - come on!"
by Reid Spencer / Sporting News