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"He can always drive at the Indianapolis 500 for me," Penske told ESPN.com. "We like guys that aren't afraid to speak their piece. That's fine with me." Penske added that angry words exchanged immediately after a race were simply the product of the heat of the moment, and "a comment you have to take with a grain of salt."

He continued, "There's a lot of noise about a lot of things that are said at these races," and said that "People need to settle down and realise that's the sport. We're just going to have to keep our heads on."

NASCAR itself certainly took a view that the fireworks between Hamlin and Logano on-track, and the clash between Logano and Stewart off-track immediately afterwards, were nothing to get worked up about. They decided no penalties were forthcoming to any party as a result of the Fontana event.

"A few years ago, we backed away from micromanaging a driver's emotions," explained NASCAR Sprint Cup Series director John Darby. "You would hope in today's world that if somebody didn't win a race they would be upset about it for whatever reason," he said, adding: "That's what our drivers do: they try to win races."

Penske was certainly looking to put the whole thing behind him and the team.

"We've got to move on," Penske said. "Let's go racing. It was a great race, probably the best race at California in a long time."

NASCAR takes a week off over Easter before reconvening at Martinsville for the Sprint Cup race on April 7.


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