South Boston Speedway could be in Virginia, however one may assume it was a bar in Boston, Massachusetts because the Celebrity Racing Expertise‘s maiden journey to the four-tenths-mile oval noticed many drivers offended at one another for on-track run-ins. Certainly one of them was Tony Stewart, whose contact with Ernie Francis Jr. underneath warning throughout Warmth #2 led to a confrontation profane interview earlier than the ultimate. Even when Stewart walked away with the trophy and his third SRX win, he nonetheless known as out his friends.
In a post-race interview released by SRX, Stewart described the race as having a “lot of harm emotions, plenty of tore-up race vehicles, plenty of stuff that we simply can’t clarify why issues occur tonight. Positively trying ahead to attending to Stafford subsequent weekend, having a household discuss with all of the drivers about etiquette and the way we’re gonna do that higher than what we’ve carried out the primary two weeks this 12 months. We are able to do higher than what we’re doing.”
Stewart and Francis had engaged in a shouting and grabbing match after the second warmth race following their bumping underneath yellow. Though the 2 had been noticed sharing amusing previous to the ultimate and Stewart gave his praises for Francis’ profession in his interview with CBS Sports activities, he added he’s “far more gifted than doing the silly shit he simply did on the market and that’s most likely what ticked me off essentially the most. I attempt to race these guys all with respect and provides them room, we’ve obtained vehicles we’ve obtained to run the following 4 weeks in a row, and to have guys make silly errors, it simply pisses you off.”
Whereas Stewart obtained the final snigger as he held off fellow ex-NASCAR Cup Collection opponents Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte for his first win on pavement, the principle tales continued to be the frustration between varied drivers. Francis stated he was “not going to take that from [Stewart]” and described his conduct as being the “form of stuff Paul Tracy does.”
Though Francis and Tracy didn’t combine it up, the latter had his personal feud throughout that warmth when he was spun by Hélio Castroneves. Tracy, who controversially misplaced the 2002 Indianapolis 500 to Castroneves, proclaimed he would name the Brazilian “Castro” in reference to former Cuban chief Fidel Castro earlier than including, “This man likes to steal wins from me. That’s about as soiled as you may ever get. I drive tough however that was soiled.”
For higher or worse, Tracy will be unable to exact revenge on Castroneves subsequent week at Stafford Speedway as Castroneves is racing the NTT IndyCar Collection at Mid-Ohio.
Tracy was taken out once more within the closing after hitting one other IndyCar veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay, who turned Michael Waltrip into the skin wall on lap 69; Waltrip ultimately retaliated underneath warning. He later instructed CBS they might not have “a beer collectively,” phrases that he lived as much as as solely Biffle, Labonte, and SRX check driver Ken Schrader joined him on the South Boston Speedway Monitor Bar overseen by Waltrip’s brewery.
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