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NASCAR drivers' arguments inevitable as fender-bashing

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JOILET, Ill. -- Just as predictable as the weekend fender bashing is the awkward conversation a few days later.

This time, it was Elliott Sadler and Regan Smith. And they talked, too.

The latest NASCAR feud arrived at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday when Sadler, Smith and other Nationwide drivers held practice sessions for today's STP 300. The stop comes a week after the championship contenders got into a heated discussion in New Hampshire.

"For him to do what he did at New Hampshire, I'm still ticked about it," Sadler said. "But we talked and we agree that our racing's going to change a little bit between us. But we know that we're going to be racing around each other a lot between now and Homestead."

It all started when Smith spun Sadler around on the final restart in Saturday's race at Loudon, costing him a shot at a solid top-10 finish and a potential $100,000 bonus. An angry Sadler then confronted Smith after the race, insisting he would not win the series title this year.

"I made the move and I can't take it back," Smith said. "I understand his anger 100 per cent, and I know exactly where he was coming from. He was racing for a lot of money."

Sadler thought the collision particularly egregious because he felt he handed a big break to Smith when he gave him extra room to manoeuvre in a tough spot at the series' stop in Iowa.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 21, 2013 B12

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