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Montoya/Newman feud simmers on

"It was a private meeting, that's why we met in the hauler," concurred Newman in what seemed the closest the two men had been to agreement on anything in the last week.

"The drivers were given their final warning, and are fully aware that we will be watching this very closely," concluded Tharp.

"For me, the track is business as usual," said Montoya. "We've both got to keep running good and get good finishes and move on."

"I don't think once you have an issue, it's over in what we do," Newman said earlier on Friday. "Even when you think you're over it with somebody else, it can re-flare really quick ... I'm still not happy about it, let's put it that way."

Ryan Newman put the distractions behind him to qualify second on the grid for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Darlington, while Juan Montoya will start inside the top ten in eighth place having been on pole last week at the ill-fated Richmond event.




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