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Busch and Harvick penalised over altercation

Tuesday's NASCAR meeting also looked into another outbreak of driver feuding, between Juan Montoya and Ryan Newman, that had been simmering since the previous week's race in Richmond. NASCAR decided no penalties were required here for either driver.

Montoya had been spun into the wall by Newman early in the race, and later retaliated by seeming to intentionally wreck Newman. After a war of words in the intervening days, both drivers were summoned to a peace meeting in the NASCAR trailer at Darlington but apparently with less than hoped-for results.

Some reports said that this meeting had itself descended into a physical altercation and quoted Montoya as saying "Newman hits like a girl", but with none of the participants talking publicly about what had happened, NASCAR preferred to leave the situation alone for the time being and simply said that the meeting didn't go as planned and that the matter would be discussed further.

“We made it clear to them in our meeting that this was their final warning and that we would be watching them closely and that enough is enough,” said Tharp.

With no on-track problems between the two on Saturday night at Darlington, NASCAR seemed happy that the conflict was dying away of its own accord. "We believe they got the message loud and clear, raced hard but cleanly in Saturday night's race and will continue to do so moving forward."




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