Scott and Stewart came off Turn 2 side-by-side, with Stewart getting loose inside the No. 44. After the three-time champion gathered up his Chevrolet, Stewart drove back towards the right and made contact with Scott’s left-rear, which spun him around
After heavy contact with the inside wall, Scott drove his machine to the garage for repairs.
“I was trying to let Tony (Stewart) go there, and I think he got inside of me and got loose there,” Scott told NBC Sports. “I was pointing him to the inside to let him go. Apparently, he got mad at me … I have a lot of respect for Tony. He has always raced me really clean. I am not sure what he thought was going on there.
“I am not sure if he thought I was trying to hold him up there, I wasn’t. I was trying to let him go. I even pointed him to the inside. Maybe he thought I was giving him the finger or something. I will talk with him. We will figure it out. It is a tough race.”
Stewart and his crew chief, Mike Bugarewicz, have been called to the NASCAR hauler following the race.
Stewart retired from the race on Lap 318 with a blown engine and told the assembled media in the garage the contact with Scott was not intentional.