France, speaking on SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel this week, reiterated that NASCAR is a “contact sport" and that close racing often results in contact between two drivers.
Such an incident occurred last week at Martinsville Speedway when Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon wrecked during the Camping World Truck Series race, which resulted in Harvick ripping Richard Childress Racing teammates Ty and Austin Dillon. A Ty Dillon crewman also threw a hammer at Harvick’s truck on pit road.
“This is a contact sport," France said on SiriusXM. “You’re going to have times when, late in the race, things are going to happen and, as I’ve said many, many times, there are always limits, but (we) expect in a truck race or any race that drivers with a faster car (are going) to be having some contact."
France wouldn’t even mind seeing some contact during the final three races between Johnson and Kenseth, who are tied for the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“That’s NASCAR. That’s what we’re about. I expect tight, tough racing in the final three." Sporting News