Next NASCAR tantrum usually just around the turn

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Associated Press

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have smoothed things over after their helmet-throwing dustup.

Not to worry.

In NASCAR, the next tantrum is usually just around the turn.

Emotions are certain to be running high Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the next-to-last race before the Chase for the championship begins. Several top drivers — including Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch — are battling just to get into the playoff, so they'll be on edge during the AdvoCare 500, knowing any major incident could ruin their hopes.

While NASCAR doesn't give the competitors carte blanche to do whatever they want, Stewart wasn't fined for tossing his helmet. The governing body knows that fans relish the idea of drivers being able to show their emotions and work out any problems among themselves.

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