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After harsh words, Scott, Bayne move forward

May 15, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Scott's message to Bayne: 'I think you race like an idiot'

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Brian Scott was direct with -- and had a few choice words for -- Trevor Bayne when the two NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers discussed the implications of a multicar wreck at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this month.

Bayne, who initiated the wreck, accepted responsibility for it after driving too aggressively on Talladega's famous high banks, an action which resulted in all Richard Childress Racing entries being collected.

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"It's unfortunate when you're a victim of stupidity," Scott said after the race, and he followed up with similar words the next day. Both Scott and Bayne confirmed they talked Sunday following the driver's meeting for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega.

"I'm a no bull(crap) kind of straightforward guy," Scott told the Cedar Rapids Gazette newspaper while in Newton, Iowa, to test at Iowa Speedway last week. "I don't go around and say things behind people's backs that I wouldn't say right to them. So, when Trevor Bayne and I talked, I went right up to him and I said, 'You know, I think you race like an idiot. And every time you're around me you put us both in jeopardizing situations. … There's no need for that.' "

Cooler heads seem to have prevailed, though, and just in time for the series' first stand-alone event of the year, the Get to Know Newton 250 scheduled for Sunday. The 0.875-mile Iowa track stands in stark contrast to the massive 2.66-mile oval at Talladega -- and the short track fits the bill if Scott wanted to hand out a little retribution.

Bayne doesn't expect that, though. In fact, the 23-year-old continues to own up to his mistake heading into the weekend.

"I think it's over and done with," Bayne said during last week's test session. "I made a mistake at Talladega and just didn't give us enough room and got into Brian's left rear and turned him and, unfortunately, took out a lot of race cars. It's not something we're happy about. We talked, and he and I have a long history of racing each other hard, and you'll have that when you're racing for the same position.

"We just wanted to make sure we cleaned that up so (at) Iowa, there's no grudge or anything like that. Especially with both of us being where we are in the points (in the top six), we don't need any more mishaps. And you don't want any enemies out there. You want to apologize quickly and not let it carry on week to week."

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