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Pit PerspectivesThe No. 2 car could have continued at Dover after the incident with Tony Stewart. But NASCAR parked him, and they finished 42nd. Also, taking away 100 points is a very harsh penalty. If there is in fact bad blood between Busch and Stewart, NASCAR sent a very stern message with these penalties that the drivers can't settle feuds with race cars. On pit road at Bristol, cars have spun off of Turn 4 and gotten pretty close to us in the pits. A race car is a dangerous weapon, and it weighs 3,400 pounds. At Pocono, Busch took accountability for confronting Stewart on pit road. His point to NASCAR was he just wanted to let Tony know he wasn't happy. He wasn't trying to hurt anybody. I certainly take him at his word and respect him for it, but drivers can't use race cars to make a point. If you want to get in the garage or walk up on the transporter and have it out with each other, then go right ahead. It's an emotional sport, and I don't have a problem with Busch and Stewart being mad. But when you try to fight with your car, NASCAR puts down the hammer.
Finish LineWinning at Pocono Raceway comes down to having a good race car but also liking this racetrack. While you need a lot of horsepower, Pocono also requires finesse from the driver. The driver has to know how to get through all three corners because you are carrying a lot of speed. If the race car is close, this race really showcases the driver's ability.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.