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Busch bumped Harvick’s driverless car into the interior wall and headed into the garage. Both were called into the NASCAR hauler and each left composed _ although with different versions of what happened.

Busch and Harvick were both fined $25,000 and placed on probation by NASCAR after the Darlington tussle.

The two said they hadn’t talked about what happened last year. “I tend to be able to let things go and forget about things while others tend to keep dwelling and keep bringing them back up,” Busch said.

Harvick understood why the track used the incident to attract fans. He said he hasn’t spent too much time worrying about it. “I don’t talk about Kyle or to Kyle,” Harvick said.


OLD DARLINGTON?: Is Darlington Raceway again “Too Tough To Tame?” Four years after a major repaving project, it seems the old, gnarly, tire-chewing surface is back rearing its ugly head for Sprint Cup’s top racers.

Howard Comstock with SRT Motorsports Engineering said there were “Darlington stripes” on nearly every car you looked at during Friday’s practice. “They tried to pave (tire wear) out of the racetrack when they did the repave in 2008, but it’s back,” Comstock said.

The past few years since the repaving have allowed race teams to use two tires near the end to save time and beat rivals out of the pits. Those days, Comstock said, are probably done. “I think we’re back” to four-tire pit stops all the time, he said. “I think the track has enough wear on it now that were back to four tires every chance you get,” he said.

Sprint Cup series points leader Greg Biffle said fresh tires are become as important as they were before at Darlington. Biffle won here in 2005 and 2006 before the track’s repaving. Four new tires “picks the speed up a little bit,” he said.


REMEMBERING SHELBY: NASCAR drivers, race teams and leaders paid their respects this weekend to driver and sports car designer Carroll Shelby, who died Thursday at age 89.

The Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway held a moment of silence in Shelby’s honor. Track owner Bruton Smith said Shelby was one of his best friends and an innovator in the automotive industry. “I admired him a great deal and will miss him greatly as a friend and a business partner,” Smith said.

Former Charlotte Motor Speedway President H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler said Shelby was a character in the automotive industry that rivaled Bill France Sr., Enzo Ferrari, Smokey Yunick and Barney Oldfield. Shelby “could see the future of performance better than anyone I ever knew,” Wheeler said.

Two-time Darlington champion Greg Biffle was saddened by Shelby’s passing. “I’ve got a few of his cars and he was an inspiration to all car collectors and car guys across the country,” Biffle said. “I grew up in that era when all the muscle cars were happening and did a lot of stuff for hot rods and other cars.”


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