Tony Stewart dominated the first half of the Tropicana 400 in Chicagoland, but an on-track incident on lap 127 touched off a fight in the pits between the Home Depot crew and the Evernham team of rookie Kasey Kahne. With Kahne leading the field...
Tony Stewart dominated the first half of the Tropicana 400 in Chicagoland, but an on-track incident on lap 127 touched off a fight in the pits between the Home Depot crew and the Evernham team of rookie Kasey Kahne.
With Kahne leading the field back to the green flag on a restart, Stewart, who was restarting two rows back, moved to the outside to pass Sterling Marlin and Brian Vickers. Stewart crashed into the back of Kahne heading into Turn 1, sending Kahne's Dodge heavily into the wall. Dave Blaney, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were also involved in the crash.
"That was Tony Stewart doing what he's been doing all year -- driving like a moron," said Kahne's crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. "NASCAR keeps fining him -- he needs to be sat by NASCAR. He's got lots of money."
Baldwin went to the #20 pit to voice his displeasure with Stewart's action on the track and a fight broke out between the two teams.
"I went to talk to him to tell (crew chief Greg Zipadelli) Zippy that his driver is a moron and he came down off the pit box," Baldwin said.
Kahne qualified second for the race and took the lead from Jeff Gordon on lap 16. He was the first car off pit road and was back on the point for the restart on lap 127.
"I was just shifting in to fourth and my car got loose," Kahne said from the garage after the incident. "Obviously the 20 got into the back of me. I don' t know what the deal was there. You never know with (Stewart), it's tough to say."
Stewart's car chief Scott Diehl suffered minor injuries in the melee and was attended to by the track medical staff.
Zipadelli and Baldwin were both summoned to appear in the NASCAR trailer following the race.