It was old school Saturday night racing in the bullring of Bristol Motor Speedway where tempers flared. Culminating in Tony Stewart doing what drivers in the sport of NASCAR have done since the days they raced on the beach.
Stewart and Matt Kenseth were going at it for the lead with neither ready to give the other the slightest advantage. It didn't turn out well when both cars went into a slide.
Stewart has never been one to roll over for anybody and certainly he has a history of anger and aggression. He is also one of the elite drivers of all time and a three-time NASCAR Cup champion.
If Kenseth were a betting man, he could have pretty much expected that Stewart would take some action after the incident.
The driver of the Office Depot/Mobil1 No. 14 made his way to pit road with helmet in hand and took aim at the nose of Kenseth's No. 17 with that helmet. It was a killer shot, but the helmet got the worst of it.
Kenseth was safe and sound in his car as he came down pit road and Stewart's actions were in no way detrimental to racing nor in violation of NASCAR rules.
NASCAR has told the drivers to "have at it" and police themselves. We need to see drivers show personality and the sport needs rivalries.
Stewart is quick and calculating with his thoughts and actions. Any member of the media who has dealt with him can tell you how fast his mind works with his sharp, sometimes stinging, responses.
Rest assured that Stewart didn't suddenly lose his cool in a mad rage. He planned exactly what he was going to do and did it. He threw his helmet...big deal. It made for great entertainment.
NASCAR absolutely made the right call when it did not penalize Stewart for his actions. Driving a Cup car is intense and emotional reactions from drivers are to be expected.
Fans of the sport don't want to see the antics of the WWE, but sometimes a break from the cookie-cutter, sponsor-friendly reactions in such an adrenaline filled sport is good.
We can thank NASCAR for reacting as they did and not further stifling the personas of some of greatest drivers in the world.
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