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It was evident there’s a growing animosity between the two drivers, despite their halfhearted efforts to downplay their latest flare-up in their morning media sessions. A later meeting moderated by NASCAR did not go well.
“We did have a meeting with both Ryan and Juan relative to their incident, and we made it clear to them that this is their final warning. We also made it clear to them that we will be watching them very closely,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said.
“The meeting did not go as well as we had hoped it would.”
NASCAR told the two drivers the discussion is not finished.
“I don’t know, ask him,” Montoya said. “I could tell you either way, couldn’t I? I could make something up. Let’s leave it at that.”
Newman didn’t comment, either, when asked if the discussion turned physical.
“That’s just speculation,” he said. “It was a private meeting. That’s why we had it at the hauler. With conflict there are varying opinions, that’s what causes the conflict. I’m past it.”
Next up is Saturday night’s event at Darlington Raceway, where the short fuses that highlighted the Richmond race could again come into play.
“Don’t you only hope,” seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon joked about all the sideshows.
Although Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin had an uneventful 1-2 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing last weekend, much of the excitement came further back in the field.
Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch directed expletive-laden rants at their crews over their in-car radios, and both got the results they desired. Truex has four new pit crew members after his team botched the final stop at Richmond, and Busch said there’s been behind-the-scenes personnel shuffling at Penske Racing that has him hopeful his complaints have been heard.
Busch acknowledged Friday it may not have been the best way to deliver his message, but he was confident his meltdown had finally achieved results.
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