Two days after the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, it isn’t the race winner, Denny Hamlin, who is garnering the talk of the race, it is instead three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart.
While NASCAR did confiscate the helmet, they announced on Monday that the sanctioning body would not penalize Tony Stewart for his actions following the wreck.
“I don’t give a crap,” Stewart said after the helmet throw. “The hell with the helmet.”
This isn’t the first time a NASCAR driver has thrown a helmet. Robby Gordon has thrown one at Michael Waltrip at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2005; Elliott Sadler has sent his helmet flying at the No. 12 of Ryan Newman at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2002; and who can forget Dale Jarrett chunking his helmet at Bobby Hillin, Jr at Bristol in 1993.
Saturday night’s race was definitely the kick NASCAR needed for the final push before the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Fans will not be tuning in to see if Stewart, who was vocal about running Kenseth over for the rest of the season, will make due on his word.