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The accident send Keselowski’s car sailing into the fence, and NASCAR slapped Edwards with three races of probation.

It’s not clear why NASCAR is so angry at Montoya and Newman, but the statement on the Friday meeting stressed “we’re not completely through with this issue.”

Safety is clearly at the heart of the Busch-Harvick incident, because NASCAR has no leg to stand on for punishing Busch for the on-track contact. The sanctioning body did nothing after last season’s finale, when Harvick not only caused Busch’s fiery wreck, but admitted post-race it was intentional.

“He raced me like a clown all day: three-wide, on the back bumper, running into me. I just had enough,” Harvick brazenly admitted.

But their post-race antics on pit road Saturday night can’t be ignored, and neither is exempt from blame.

Harvick instigated by stopping on pit road and climbing out of his car, but Busch participated by pulling onto Harvick’s bumper and then spinning the car. Thankfully, the crew members running to join the fray had not yet reached the scene, and were thus out of harm’s way when the driverless car smacked the wall.

Kurt Busch was fined $100,000 in 2007 for putting crew members in danger with pit road antics, but that was at a time when NASCAR didn’t understand how much the fans love driver drama.

Now, in trying to cater to that fan desire, NASCAR has opened the flood gates with nothing more than a case-by-case trial and jury system to determine how much is too much. The Montoya-Newman feud has apparently gone too far, even though we may never know just what was the final straw.

The Busch-Harvick thing must be judged solely as a safety hazard, with punishment only bad enough to send a message that pit road is too dangerous a place to carry out vendettas. The last thing NASCAR wants is to discourage the raw emotion that’s got everyone talking.

After all, who won Saturday night?