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Newman, Montoya on different ends of crash spectrum

May 02, 2011, Mark Aumann,

RICHMOND, Va. -- Get together twice, one intentionally, leading Newman to discuss with NASCAR

While Juan Montoya walked briskly through the Richmond International Raceway garage Saturday night, focused solely on a golf cart waiting to whisk him away from the track, Ryan Newman had a different destination: the Sprint Cup hauler.

Two separate incidents during the Crown Royal 400 left the pair with damage to their race cars and damage to their feelings. Montoya wasn't in a mood to talk after he climbed from his No. 42 Chevrolet ... but Newman definitely was.

Richmond rage

Ryan Newman and Juan Montoya traded paint multiple times at Richmond.

Once he parked his No. 39 Chevrolet, Newman made a bee-line for the yellow hauler and went inside, arriving a full 15 minutes before NASCAR president Mike Helton, director of competition Robin Pemberton and Sprint Cup series director John Darby made it down from the scoring tower.

Newman said he asked multiple questions of NASCAR's higher-ups, one of which was "just how to deal with things."

"I got a few answers," Newman said. "I'm not really sure the direction it's going to go, but I got a few answers.

"I'm just really disappointed in the way everything played out. I was obviously crashed, unintentionally the first time and intentionally the second. It's just unfortunate and we'll see what happens."

The first incident between Montoya and Newman occurred just after the one-quarter mark of the race as the two cars raced side by side coming onto the backstretch. Newman wound up clipping Montoya's rear bumper and sending him hard into the outside wall.

Both cars continued but debris from Montoya's car brought out the first caution of the race on Lap 108, and Montoya made multiple pit stops during the ensuing cleanup in an effort to repair damage to the bumper and the rear spoiler.

"He crashed himself, basically," Newman said. "I don't know if he didn't know he wasn't clear or what but he crashed himself off of Turn 2. I don't know if he thought it was me on purpose, but the message was delivered that it wasn't intentional.

"Either way, he ruined our day at that point and then he finished our day off later in the race, on purpose."

Newman was talking about the second incident, which happened on Lap 237. Montoya, several laps down at that point, turned Newman around in Turn 3. Newman had been running in the top 10 and was able to remain on the lead lap despite heavy damage to the rear end of his car. However, he lost two laps late in the going and finished 20th, nine spots better than Montoya.

The two had a similar dustup in the season finale at Homestead in 2006, Montoya's rookie season, but Newman said, "I don't know if [Montoya] could even remember back that far."

Denny Hamlin, who finished second, was asked his opinion of what transpired.

"I watch the screen," Hamlin said. "I don't like it. Every time Montoya has damage, you see who did it, they usually end up getting wrecked. You usually know that's coming.

"You have to realize ... Montoya, I like him, I think he's a hell of a driver, but you can't wreck everyone every time you get in an accident. Accidents happen. Guys make mistakes. Why hold grudges? Makes it tough to get in the Chase, too."

Newman dropped one position to eighth in the standings while Montoya lost three spots and is now 12th. As far as any possible discussions between the two, Newman was succinct.

"I'd say right now it probably isn't a good time for either of us to talk."