CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR won’t penalize Tony Stewart for scuffling with Joey Logano on pit road at California and saw nothing to indicate Logano or Denny Hamlin were trying to intentionally wreck each other as they raced for the win.
In addition, NASCAR officials have given no thought to policing blocking, which is what Logano did to Stewart on the final restart to trigger the post-race confrontation.
"There are no conversations internally inside of NASCAR to look at blocking as a violation or a penalty as some other forms of motorsports do," Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said Tuesday. "As good as the racing has been, as exciting as it’s been, I don’t know that we need to jump in the middle and screw it up."
Stewart parked his car near Logano’s and angrily approached him after Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. There was some shoving, but crew members intervened before any punches landed. Logano threw a water bottle at Stewart.
Darby said the incident didn’t escalate to a level where NASCAR had to take action.
"A few years ago we backed away from micromanaging drivers’ emotions, you would hope in today’s world that if somebody didn’t win a race, they would be upset about it," Darby said. "I don’t know that we’ve actually got a rule book that describes every push in the chest or kick in the shin. If two guys get into a helluva fight, we’re going to have to react. But a couple of guys blowing off some steam and slapping at the air is not going to get anybody in a whole lot of trouble."