NASCAR to slam Waltrip and Green

An ongoing on-track feud between Michael Waltrip and Jeff Green that started at Martinsville Speedway last month continued Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, prompting NASCAR to summon both veterans to the hauler for a post-race discussion.

Eight laps into the Dodge Charger 500, the Owensboro, Ky., natives were racing one another down the backstretch and got together, sending Waltrip into the Turn 3 wall.

"I just got up on the outside of him and he decided he needed to turn right, and I had a foot on him and tried to get on the brakes and he turned himself into the fence," Green said.

Waltrip went to the garage for repairs to the front end of the No. 15 Chevrolet and returned to the track seeking payback. On Lap 207, he exercised it, bumping Green exiting Turn 4, then hitting him twice more before spinning him out on the front stretch.

"It's pretty obvious," Green said. "He tries to wreck me all the way down the back straightaway and I'm fast enough not to let him. Then finally he gets a run on me there and wrecks me, and I guess (NASCAR) didn't do anything to him. If I did anything to him it wasn't intentional. I've got to race these guys every week. I don't want to race like that."

Waltrip disagreed. Waltrip and Green also had a run-in at Martinsville, when Green got into Waltrip, wrecking him.

NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said he's uncertain whether any penalties await the drivers. "Everybody that was in the hauler tonight left with a clear understanding of how we stand and where we stand," Hunter said. "Whether or not any penalties will be forthcoming, I honestly don't know at this point. I would say possibly. "Mike Helton made it pretty clear that these kinds of deals are over and won't be tolerated."

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