NASCAR Cup: NASCAR to talk to Stewart, Newman at Chicagoland
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR plans to have a discussion with Sprint Cup Series drivers Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, prior to the first practice session on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s race at the track, the first race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, regarding an incident between the two drivers during the Sept. 10 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Contact between the two drivers, with the final contact Stewart acknowledged as intentional, led to an eight-car wreck that included Stewart’s car catching fire and the car driven by Dylan Lupton winding up on top of the hood of Newman’s car.
Newman made some controversial remarks after the incident.
“I think it was pretty obvious (what happened) watching the video,” Newman said. “I don’t even have to watch it. The #14 (Stewart) cut across my nose into turn one, and I got into him after that, but he’d already chopped into me and messed up my line, and I clipped him a little bit coming of of (turn) two. But he just cut across my nose going down the back straightaway, there. I guess he thought he was in a sprint car again. Did not know how to control his anger.”
Newman also referred to Stewart as “bipolar.”
Stewart also commented on the incident after the race.
“He’s right,” Stewart said. “I mean, that was the third time he had driven into me during the night. How many times does a guy get a free pass until you’ve had enough of it? So, you know, he’s got to do his part racing to get in there (into the Chase) to race for a championship. And if you’re going to run into guys. I go into (turn) one, and he dive-bombs in there. I was already coming down. It’s not like I was trying to squeeze him into the infield or something.”
Stewart is among the 16 drivers in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup by virtue of a win earlier in the season. Newman, though, was making a last-ditch effort to get into the Chase at RIR. He failed.
Stewart also was called to the NASCAR hauler to previous race weekend to discuss an on-track incident with Brian Scott.