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NASCAR won't fine Tony Stewart for throwing helmet

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NASCAR said today that it will not fine defending Cup champion Tony Stewart for throwing his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car.

Stewart, of Columbus, and Kenseth were battling for the lead during the latter portion of Saturday night's race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway when they collided.

Frustrated, Stewart threw his helmet at Kenseth as Kenseth drove his car down pit road. Stewart blamed Kenseth for the accident.

"We're definitely not fining Tony," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon told The Republic. "We didn't feel he crossed the line with our new parameters of getting a little more back to the drivers to control their own actions."

Kenseth finished 25th and Stewart 27th in the race.

Stewart has dropped to 10th place in the season standings with just two races left to qualify for the 10-race Chase for the Cup. The playoff includes the top 10 drivers in the standings, plus two "wild cards" for those who have the most wins among drivers 11th through 20th in the standings.

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