Atlanta: Robin Pemberton post race comments

Post Race Comments from NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton March 7, 2010 Q: What was NASCAR's take on what happened between the No. 99 and No. 12? "It looked like it could have been a payback from the No. 99 on the No....

Post Race Comments from NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton
March 7, 2010

Q: What was NASCAR's take on what happened between the No. 99 and No. 12?

"It looked like it could have been a payback from the No. 99 on the No. 12. We talked with Carl after the race and we have an understanding about it and we will talk internally again as a group Monday or Tuesday of this week and make any decision on if there will be any other actions that we will take."

Q: What other actions are being considered?

"We'll let you know either Monday or Tuesday. We'll meet as we normally do the first of the week at the R&D Center as a group."

Q: What options would you have?

"I'm not going to speculate at this time. We parked the 99, we reacted to what happened on the race track and we'll go back and discuss it further."

Q: Will the severity of the accident play a role in your decision?

"You look at all things. I think you have to look at how it all started, there's nothing to be done further tonight about it."

Q: Do you feel like there's a connection between today's incident and the Talladega incident between those two?

"It was the same two cars; we know that; I would say there seems to be a history between those two drivers. I'm not going to go any further into it right now."

Q: Did Carl say he did it on purpose?

"Carl said he got into him, he said he didn't expect the result."

Q: You guys have kind of loosened the strings here in terms of letting the drivers handle things, why would you even need to talk with Carl today -- I think back to Homestead and the incidents between Tony and Juan.

"I think you look at the severity of the accident; we wanted to talk to Carl and get his opinion on things."

Q: Is there an extra concern because this happened on a high speed track?

"It's always a concern when you see retaliation and there are different levels of it. Like I said, we will discuss it further at the R&D Center early this week."

"We don't rush to judgment on Sunday nights and make penalties. That's why we take our time and go back and talk it about it some more."

-source: nascar

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