The cutting room floor at Darlington

May, 9, 2011
05/09/11
4:21
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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- A few humorous leftovers from Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway that got tossed in the trash in the aftermath of Regan Smith's win and the postrace confrontation between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch:


Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman stayed clear of each other after their physical confrontation in the NASCAR hauler on Friday, but Montoya did make a new enemy in five-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

On Lap 83, Montoya got into the back of Johnson's car, sending the No. 48 into a spin.

Montoya immediately and repeatedly apologized, saying, "really sorry" and how he didn't mean that.

Told what Montoya said, Johnson sarcastically responded, "I'm sure he is."


Kurt Busch, a week after his profanity-laced tirade at his Penske Racing organization, remained relatively calm despite countless issues. After receiving a one-lap penalty on 224 he was told to keep his head.

To which Busch calmly responded, "I have to turn off my radio now."

He's learning.


David Ragan's car turned into a can opener and peeled the left side of Brian Vickers' car off, shredding the blue foam blocks underneath that help protect the driver.

Vickers later said the car was "the best it's been all night."

Go figure.


After losing to Smith on the green-white-checkered finish, Carl Edwards said he needed a mattress, so he might go to Furniture Row and buy one.

Smith is sponsored by Furniture Row Racing.


Soon after the pit-road confrontation with Kyle Busch, Harvick tweeted he was going to run the Truck race this weekend at Dover.

Busch will be in it as well.

Hmmm.

David Newton | email

ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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