NASCAR driver Tony Stewart recently showed fans something they'd never seen in the history of the sport.
Matt Kenseth and Stewart were both fighting for the lead in the Irwin Tools Night Race recently and on lap 332, the two drivers collided, ending up out of control and on a wall. According to Stewart, he was upset with the strategy that Kenseth used to take the lead as opposed to the actual crash.
Stewart saw Kenseth driving around the track in his car and used two hands to throw his helmet at the driver's vehicle, which some believed he should've been fined for.
"I checked up twice (off the gas) to not run over him and I learned my lesson there-I’m going to run over him every him every chance I’ve got from now until the end of the year, every chance I’ve got," Stewart told The Sporting News. "We got by Matt there, and it probably wasn’t the ideal pass, but we made sure to try the same thing (every time). We ran on the restart faster than him each lap, so we just learned our lesson that next time just drive through him, not even be patient by him."
He added that he wouldn't give Kenseth the chance to overtake him on the track again. The drivers were predicted to finish in 27th and 28th place, respectively after the accident, but Stewart ended up in 27th place while Kenseth claimed the 25th spot.
Kenseth was safe after Stewart threw the helmet into his vehicle, hitting the hood and bouncing off onto the track. Considering NASCAR is attempting to make races more entertaining by improving a racer's performance, it may be just what the sport needs to increase its fan base.
Following the incident, Stewart wasn't fined by NASCAR because he didn't violate any rules of the sport and his actions weren't detrimental to racing.
While NASCAR decided not to fine Stewart, the sport did decide to fine a crew chief $100,000 for illegal modifications found on the a car he monitored recently at Michigan. Paul Menard's car was taken to NASCAR's research and development office, finding that the frame rails had been intentionally modified in an effort to trick inspectors.