NASCAR: No penalties for Stewart, Logano

March 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 26 (UPI) -- NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart and Joey Logano won't be penalized for a post-race dust-up following last weekend's Auto Club 400, racing officials said Tuesday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said that while the pair "argued a little bit" on pit road at the Fontana, Calif., event, he didn't want to "micromanage drivers' emotions."

The altercation came after Logano had crashed with Denny Hamlin on the final lap of the race, allowing Kyle Busch to sneak through for the victory.

Logan confronted Stewart afterwards for blocking him when the pair were exiting pit road earlier in the event.

During the fight, Stewart pushed Logano, while Logano threw a water bottle before crew members from both teams intervened.

"You would hope in today's world that if somebody didn't win a race, they would be upset about it for whatever reason," Darby said. "That's what our drivers do is they try to win races."

Hamlin was hospitalized after the crash with a compression fracture in his lower back. He was released late Monday, still complaining of difficulty breathing, USA Today reported.

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