FONTANA, Calif.—In last year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, Joey Logano infuriated three-time series champion Tony Stewart by blocking, as Stewart saw it, on a late restart.
Last week’s Bristol winner, Carl Edwards, however, feels that late in the event, gentlemanly racing goes out the window.
“On the last restart, I don’t think I’ve ever thought of the word ‘etiquette’ in relation to that,” Edwards said Friday after opening Cup practice at the two-mile track. “I don’t know if there is much–now especially. They ought to charge more for the seats down in Turn 1.
“Here, they drop the green flag, and if one guy stumbles or shows a sign of weakness and there is a lane, the track is like 85 feet wide, plus a little apron and grass. There’s a lot of room to run here. I don’t know that there will be any etiquette, and there will probably be people mad afterwards. It’s going to be interesting.”