Tony Stewart being outspoken on or off the track is nothing new. Going after Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR, has now sparked the latest controversy from Smoke.
Following a collision with Earnhardt that ended Stewart’s afternoon at Richmond, he voiced his frustration with the Hendrick driver. Over the in-car radio, Stewart screamed a choice word for Earnhardt that starts with an f and rhymes with duck as he spun out and nearly collided with a concrete wall.
On the other side of the incident, Junior believed it was Smoke that caused the incident.
“I mean, he hit me right here,” Earnhardt said, via Jeff Gluck of USA Today. “I ain’t got that good of a peripheral vision. Pretty good, but not that good.
“… Well, it’s never his fault. I was doing everything I needed to do. I didn’t drive under, I didn’t drive into him, I didn’t move my line at all. He’s gotta take a little ownership in what happened there.”
Stewart was also seen throwing his helmet and HANS device at his hauler after the wreck. It was just the latest in a series of awful results for the No. 14 machine.
The situation for Stewart has been getting progressively worse this season. He recorded his third DNF on Sunday through the first nine races and sits at 30th in the standings. Luckily, two of the cars he co-owns finished 1-2 at Richmond with Kurt Busch clinching his spot in the Chase with a win.
Despite the contact with Stewart, Earnhardt still pulled out a 14th-place result. Hendrick as a whole—who makes the engines for Stewart-Haas Racing—had all five cars in the top 16 at Richmond.
Both Stewart and Junior are two of the most well-known names in the sport. With Talladega coming up next Sunday, seeing how the two drivers settle the incident on a superspeedway should be interesting, to say the least.
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