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“Yeah, it wasn’t the best forum to go out there on Saturday night and talk about things,” Busch said. “In my mind, to see things deteriorate _ and I’ve held it in, held it in _ and it wasn’t the right spot to do so. But now with people listening, I think we’re going to make some good strides and try to advance it.”

The tight confines of short-track racing has been prone to bring out the worst in drivers. Accidental contact _ sometimes intentional _ can cause drivers to fight both on and off the track. Throw in the frustration that comes from an ill-handling race car, and drivers can spend most of the race staving off a tantrum.

Based on how the day developed with Newman and Montoya _ Newman qualified second for Saturday night’s race, and Montoya 16th _ nobody doubted there could be more fireworks at Darlington between somebody.

“This track is going to breed that,” five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said. “As narrow as it is, track position being so important, if you look at tracks where it’s tough to pass, I think you can set up some sort of temper scale, and it will parallel it.

“Michigan, tons of room, easy to get by people, it’s not a problem. Here, Richmond, other tracks where it’s really tough to pass, that’s when tempers fly.”

Tempers seemed to be in check early Friday, when Newman said most of his anger stemmed from the toll the accident took on his team. He was running eighth when Montoya wrecked him, finished 20th and dropped to eighth in the standings.

“Just getting caught up in a racing situation that in turn turns into something else because of somebody’s temper is not acceptable in my eyes,” Newman said. “We’ll move on. It was sad because of the way it affects our team. I’m not worried about anybody else’s team; it affects our team because of somebody losing their temper. The way that is taken out on a team is different than the way it should be taken out on a driver. That’s something we’ll get addressed.”

But he also wasn’t sure the issue was over with Montoya. After qualifying, and after NASCAR had informed the two drivers they had been issued their final warning, Newman had less to say on the subject.

“I’m just trying to put the whole situation behind us and move on to this weekend’s race,” he said.