Kurt Busch leans on his damaged car after hitting Ryan Newman's car on pit road
A post-race altercation between Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch prompted a brief face-off between their respective teams Saturday night at Darlington. The hard feelings followed an incident in which after Busch hit the wall with Newman getting caught up behind.
After the race, Newman parked his Chevy near Busch's and exchanged words with the 2004 series champion. Several of Newman's crew members also tried to confront their counterparts on Busch's team, and the driver himself, but NASCAR officials restrained them.
"The No. 39 [Newman's] guys were mad because Kurt burned out of our pit stall, and I don't know if they were still there working or whatnot," said Nick Harrison, Busch's crew chief. "Their gas man came down there raising hell and wanting to fight Kurt."
"It's crazy, pit road," said Newman's crew chief Tony Gibson. "Things happen, and everybody's emotions run high. It's a hot night. Everybody settles down and talks about it. We're all good. We can't control drivers. Nothing against the team – none of those guys. They didn't do anything wrong."