Tony Stewart warns blockers

Updated: June 26, 2011, 9:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SONOMA, Calif. -- Tony Stewart understood why Brian Vickers wrecked him late in Sunday's race at Infineon Raceway.

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But he's not sorry for starting the tit-for-tat incidents that began when Stewart intentionally spun Vickers earlier in the race.

"I probably had it coming because I dumped him earlier, but I dumped him because he was blocking," Stewart said. "If anybody wants to block all year, that's what I'm going to keep doing, so they can handle it however they want."

That's a standard refrain from Stewart, who has grown increasingly frustrated with a lack of on-track etiquette. He complained after last week's race at Michigan that drivers were "a bunch of idiots" on restarts.

"I've been complaining about the way guys have been racing all year," Stewart said. "I like Brian, I'm not holding it against him at all. I don't care if it was (teammate) Ryan Newman, I would have dumped him too. If they want to block that's what is going to happen to them every time for the rest of my career."

Vickers denied blocking Stewart, and certainly didn't think he had done anything to warrant Stewart starting the seven-car accident.

"I wasn't blocking him. That may have been his perception from where he was sitting," Vickers said. "It's pretty early in the race to worry about blocking someone, or wrecking someone."

Vickers said he had to move when Kyle Busch went off course and tried to come back onto the track, and Vickers was limited because of slower cars in front of him.

"I think when he sees the replay and he realizes why I went low -- if he looks at it out of my front windshield -- he'll realize it had nothing to do with him," Vickers said. "It had to do with (Busch) almost wrecking me, and a couple of other guys running slow up top.

"It's unfortunate. He made his bed at that moment, and he had to sleep in it."

Vickers did, however, think the issue was over.

"The way I see it, we're all good. We're all square," Vickers said. "He wrecked me, and I dealt with it."


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