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Tony Stewart throws helmet at Matt Kenseth after wreck (Video)

Tony Stewart was fuming after wrecking during Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, Tenn., and he showed his displeasure with Matt Kenseth by throwing his helmet at the No. 17 car.

Stewart and Kenseth were battling for the lead on lap 332 when Kenseth slid up and made contact with the No. 14 car. Stewart moved down on the track and continued the contact with Kenseth until both cars crashed.

Stewart was so upset with Kenseth that he chucked his helmet at the No. 17 car as Kenseth was making his way down pit road.

Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup winner, is known for speaking his mind and lacking a filter, so the reaction was hardly surprising. It was actually pretty awesome.

Stewart then promised to run over Kenseth every chance he gets.

“We weren’t that great of a race car,” Stewart said during interviews, per FOXSports.com. “But we were definitely faster than that after that restart. I checked up twice to not run over him (Kenseth), and I learned my lesson there. I’m going to run over him every him every chance I’ve got from now ‘til the end of the year, every chance I’ve got.”

Danica Patrick runs into shoe, finishes 27th (Video)

Danica Patrick was leading the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal on Saturday until encountering a most unusual obstacle. Someone actually threw a shoe onto the track from the infield, and Patrick, who led 20 laps and was leading at the time, ran into it.

Patrick knew immediately that her steering was off, but her problems didn’t truly set in until she broke an axle later in the race.

“How disappointing! What can I say?” Patrick said after the race, according to the Associated Press. “We’ve got to get some luck sometime. At the end of the day, I just can’t believe how unlucky we’ve been. It’s got to come.”

Patrick finished 27th while Justin Allgaier claimed victory. But a shoe is what threw her off? A shoe? Seriously? I’m just glad she managed to avoid the banana peels and Koopa shells.

Regan Smith’s car in the Brickyard 400 will honor Aurora shooting victims

Sprint Cup Series driver Regan Smith will pay tribute to the victims of last week’s senseless tragedy in Aurora, Colo., by driving a custom version of his No. 78 car in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among the design features on the black Chevy’s exterior are a blue ribbon on the hood, “Aurora, CO” and the names of the 12 victims on the rear quarterpanels, and the message “For Those Lost, Those Injured and Countless Acts of Bravery 7/20/12″ on the back. Smith’s team, Furniture Row Racing, is based in Denver.

Last Friday, the day of the shooting, we saw another respectful tribute to the victims when the Denver Nuggets’ summer league team wore black headbands for their contest against the Trail Blazers’ squad.

H/T From the Marbles

A.J. Allmendinger: I ‘would never knowingly take a prohibited drug’

NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger responded on Tuesday to a failed drug test that prevented him from racing in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last Saturday.

“I fully respect NASCAR’s drug usage policy and the reasons they have it. I am hoping this can get resolved as quickly as possible so that I can get back to driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge,” Allmendinger’s statement says. “I am sorry that this has caused such a distraction for my Penske Racing team, our sponsors and fans. Obviously I would never do anything to jeopardize my opportunity here at Penske Racing or to my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug.”

The Penske Racing driver failed a random test administered on June 29 at Kentucky Speedway and was notified about the development hours before last Saturday’s race. Drivers provide two tests and Allmendinger is asking for his “B” sample to be tested. If it comes back negative, his suspension could be lifted. That’s about the only way I’d lay off of him because his response doesn’t make a ton of sense.

How does one not “knowingly” take a prohibited drug? Did someone open up his mouth and stuff marijuana inside? Did they drop some cocaine down his nostrils? Maybe he should just read the LBS guide to denying drug usage to find his excuse. I recommend the Richard Gasquet approach.

Formula One driver Maria de Villota reportedly loses eye after crash

Formula One driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye after crashing into a parked truck during a test run at an airfield in England on Tuesday, according to her racing team.

The 32-year-old Spaniard was test driving an MR-01 car, the first time she was behind the wheel of the vehicle, in preparation for this week’s British Grand Prix. She was at the end of a straight-line test run at Duxford Airfield, north of London, when the car reportedly suddenly accelerated and crashed into the back of a transport truck. She was rushed to the hospital and treated for “severe head and facial injuries.”

“We are grateful for the medical attention that Maria has been receiving and her family would like to thank the Neurological and Plastics surgical teams,” Marussia team principal John Booth said on Wednesday, according to CNN. “However, it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye.”

She remains in “critical but stable condition,” according to Marussia, which signed de Villota as a test driver in March. The team has already launched an investigation into what led to the accident. De Villota, daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, is one of only two female drivers under contract by an F1 team.

Photo: Andreas Pranter/GEPA via US PRESSWIRE

Kurt Busch has heated exchange with another reporter, this time ESPN’s Marty Smith

Fresh off his week-long suspension for a separate run-in with a reporter, Kurt Busch was at it again at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

Busch had been advised by Sprint Cup team owner James Finch to refrain from speaking to reporters. However, after placing third in Saturday’s Nationwide race at the track, Busch by rule had to make a mandatory press conference appearance. That’s when Busch and ESPN’s Marty Smith had a tense exchange of words. Here’s ESPN.com:

As he waited to be interviewed, an MRN Radio pit reporter said on the live broadcast that Busch left the top-five area without interviewing.

Busch was told of the comment and replied, “That’s what everybody says, don’t they.”

Busch then left the room to cool off. Several reporters, including Smith, with a camera crew, followed. Busch then told Smith to come over with his camera. When Smith got there, Busch said he wasn’t doing interviews there, adding, “You ever hear of sarcasm?”

That led to a brief exchange during which Busch said, “You don’t know how long I’ve been working on this.”

Busch eventually returned to face the media, albeit with a terse attitude. “It was great to drive the car,” he said when asked how it felt to return from suspension. And then: “It was a great finish, all in all. The restart before the final one, I was on the inside and went from third to eighth, and then the restart on the final one, I went from eighth back up to third.”

Busch has a well-documented past of losing his temper. Maybe somebody should teach this guy how to take deep breaths.

Photo: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Driver cuts across infield to ram into other car, fistfight ensues (Video)

Have you ever been so pissed at another car in traffic that you wanted to forget about where you were headed and instead focus on just ramming into it bumper car style? Well that happened over the weekend.

At the 15th Annual 2 Hour Xtreme Winged Figure 8 Enduro at Sportsdrome Speedway in Clarksville, IN, last Saturday night, one driver cut across the track’s infield to ram into an opposing driver who apparently spun him before the race began. We don’t have a closeup of their fight, but it’s pretty obvious they threw down fisticuffs after exiting their respective high-performance vehicles.

We have no idea which driver won the fight, but just seeing the car cut across the infield was well worth the price of admission (or 53 seconds of video for those of us who had to relive it on the ‘net).

Big H/T to Off the Bench, Deadspin