All things Ryan
Fri May 06, 2011 6:43 pm
By Lee Spencer
Updated May 6, 2011 6:24 PM ET
The Juan Pablo Montoya/Ryan Newman feud erupted Friday afternoon at Darlington Raceway.
Sources tell FOXSports.com that an altercation broke out between the drivers in the NASCAR hauler, the sanctioning body's at-track office where private meetings can be held.
One source told FOXSports.com that Montoya said after the incident that "Newman hits like a girl."
When asked directly about the incident after his qualifying run Friday, Montoya said, "I'm not going to tell you s... . Let's leave it at that. What happened in the trailer was between me, Ryan Newman and NASCAR. That's it."
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp confirmed Friday's meeting.
"NASCAR did meet with Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya today before the first Sprint Cup Series practice," Tharp said. "The drivers were given their final warning and are fully aware that we will be watching this very closely. The meeting didn't go as well as we had hoped it would, and we're not completely through with this issue."
The altercation comes a week after the two drivers had a pair of on-track incidents, the second of which was Montoya retaliating and spinning Newman into the wall.
"Ultimately the way it all worked out, it cost us a lot for what we didn't do," Newman said about the on-track incidents a week earlier at Richmond. "That's the toughest part of that whole situation there at Richmond. You know, just getting caught up in a racing situation that in turn turns into something else because of somebody's temper is not acceptable in my eyes.
"We'll move on. It was sad because of the way it affects our team. I'm not worried about anybody else's team; it affects our team because of somebody losing their temper. The way that is taken out on a team is different than the way it should be taken out on a driver. That's something we'll get addressed."
Prior to the meeting, Newman was asked specifically whether he felt the issue was over.
"I don't think once you have an issue it's over in what we do," he said frankly. "Even when you think you're over it with somebody else, it can reflare really quick. I'm not sure if that was something of what happened at Richmond. But either way, I'm still not happy about it, let's put it that way."
Earlier Friday, Montoya told reporters that he expected the weekend to be "business as usual" for both, saying, "We’ve both got to keep running good and get good finishes and move on."
Cool I can't stand JPM sometimes you gotta get physical.
Fri May 06, 2011 7:13 pm
Oh boy! This is sure a different version of the meeting than what Ryan & Juan made it sound like.
It's gonna get interesting.
Fri May 06, 2011 9:08 pm
Glad Ryan did what he did. JPM couldn't run forever.
Fri May 06, 2011 10:30 pm
Reply-to:Jenna Fryer just Tweeted:@JennaFryerJenna FryerSHR has the proud title of only team with 2 drivers to allegedly smack another driver in the #NASCAR hauler. Congrats @StewartHaasRcng!
Supposedly the rumor is when Ryan and JPM were in the Nascar Hauler Ryan took a swing at JPM. No one from Nascar or Ryan or JPM are confirming or deny.
Now we know.. Tony punched Kurt Busch awhile back in the Nascar Hauler... lol
Way to go Ryan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fri May 06, 2011 11:01 pm
Mmmm??? Very curious now as to what actually happened. Wish Ryan or Krissie or someone would come on this site and tell us the straight scoop.
And to JPM's brag that Newman hits like a girl? HAH! Just looking at him tells me he doesn't. But that is just the kind of comment a wussy like JPM would make to deflect his own inadequacies.
Sat May 07, 2011 12:40 am
Sat May 07, 2011 10:01 am
"You don't tug on supermans cape, you don't spit in the wind, you don't pull the mask off the long ranger and you don't mess around with...Ryan!"
A tussle with Ryan would have to be like wrestling a bear. I question JPM's choice of whom he chooses to create a rivalry with.
Sat May 07, 2011 6:18 pm
Remember now, Paco is never at fault.(LMAO) If there's a mark on his car someone else did it and he's going to go out of his way to wreck them...Even if it is his teammate.
Sat May 07, 2011 7:36 pm
Hey Tink - Jamo posted a couple days ago... but not since.
Here's to JPM... may he get what he deserves.