Bygones are bygones, as far as Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya are concerned.
Though the two drivers knocked each other around in the season finale Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway – with Stewart bumping Montoya into the wall and Montoya spinning Stewart down the frontstretch in retaliation – the drivers had settled their differences by the time Montoya appeared on Stewart's "Stewie Awards" show on Sirius/XM Radio Thursday night at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Montoya received his Stewie for Best Driver-to-Crew-Chief Radio Chatter for his over-the-top reaction to the speeding penalty that ruined his chance to win at Indianapolis in July.
About his run-in with Stewart, Montoya was glib and matter of fact.
"It's funny," Montoya said Thursday before the Myers Brothers awards ceremonies at the Venetian Showroom. "Actually, I was talking with Tony (Wednesday), and we were laughing about it. It's crazy. You guys (reporters) make a big deal out of nothing. It's not the first time we got together.
"The last time we saw each other in qualifying afterward, and we were laughing about it – after Texas my first year (2007) – and here we saw each other and it was like, when it happened, he knew it was coming. It wasn't a surprise – come on!"
Source: NASCAR Wire Service