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Harvick said he was racing hard and “things happen. That’s it. What do you do?”

Tharp says NASCAR will look into the scuffles the past two weeks.

What do you do, indeed except carry the dispute into Dover next week and watch for more fireworks.

Darlington champion Smith won’t let the ugly end diminish his joy. “You know what, if that’s what’s talked about next week, so be it. I don’t care,” he said. “It’s not going to take away from the feeling I’ve got right now.”