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05/13/07
nascar
Another newsmaker feud brewing in NASCAR
Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart had two of the fastest cars in Friday night’s Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway, but they ended up beating on one another until each was knocked out of contention. That led to some minor oral fireworks following the race.

After the race, they offered different takes on what had happened. Asked if he’d been hit by Newman, Stewart responded:

“About five times,” he said matter-of-factly. “Five times this week about five times last week. Loudon last fall. I don’t know what I’ve done to him, but I didn’t think it was fair to do that. If I’ve done something to him, he needs to come talk to me about it. I didn’t choose the line, he chose where he wanted to come off the corner, he came off high behind another car and pinned himself in and then he decided he was going to try to move us out of the way. I don’t know if we did something we don’t know about or what, but he took one of the best race cars out there today and put a strike against it and put us at the back.”

Newman, obviously, had a different view.

“He bounced off of me four times on the straightaway, he hit me off Turn 2 just two laps before that and just about spun me around. Tony, sometimes his mouth gets him in trouble, sometimes his driving gets him in trouble and we’ll see what happens next,” Newman said with a laugh.

When told that Stewart referenced previous incidents and the five hits, Newman continued to put a light spin on the situation.

“I didn’t know he could count that high,” he said. “I hit him in the bumper, he cut right on me on a circle race track where you turn left and that ain’t cool.” Scenedaily.com

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