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Waltrip, Crew Chief Apologize To Steve Wallace

| , RacinToday.com Monday, August 22 2011

Steve Wallace got his hair pulled on Saturday and apologized to on Monday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

Apologies were issued Monday for the hairy situation which took place after Saturday’s Nationwide Series race in Montreal.

The apologies came from Michael Waltrip, owner of Pastrana Waltrip Racing, and the crew chief for the team’s No. 99 car.

They stem from an incident in which the crew chief, Jerry Baxter, grabbed and pulled the hair of Rusty Wallace Racing driver Steve Wallace.

Wallace had crashed Baxter’s driver, Patrick Carpentier, out of the race.

“I’m sorry for what happened after the race on Saturday and I take responsibility for my own actions,” Baxter said. “I called Steve (Wallace) today and apologized. I was just very frustrated and let my emotions get to me.

“That was Patrick’s last race and we wanted to make it special. We really thought he had a shot for the win and everything boiled over when that chance went away in the wreck. Everyone was just racing hard and there was no intent to wreck anyone. There’s no excuse for what I did after the race and I apologize to everyone.”

After the race, Carpentier took several verbal swipes at Wallace, who has been in a number of wrecks this season.

Waltrip said in a statement, “Pastrana Waltrip Racing prides itself on racing hard, but we always want to be good sports. Jerry Baxter is very passionate about our race team, but what Jerry did after Saturday’s race was wrong and he knows it.

“I talked to him about it that night and again today. Believe me, I understand how emotional you can get behind the wheel or up on the pit box, I’ve been there. But, you have to draw a line and Jerry crossed that line. It’s not what we are all about. I apologize to Steve Wallace and all his fans as well as all NASCAR fans.”

| , RacinToday.com Monday, August 22 2011
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