NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France has warned that any retaliation following the Kyle Busch/Joey Logano pitlane brawl at Las Vegas on Sunday will not be tolerated.
Busch made a bee line for Logano on pit road — and threw a glancing blow at his rival's head — after the drivers made contact on the last lap of Sunday's Cup series race. A brawl ensued between Logano's Penske crew and Busch.
After being released from the infield care centre after the fight, Busch vowed that Logano is "going to get it", but France has said NASCAR will move to stamp out any retaliation.
"It's an emotional sport, and there's so much on the line for all these drivers and teams," France said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday
"So much is expected of these guys to do their things, so when things happen - and they're going to happen in a race - it's not terribly crazy to understand that the emotions are going to boil over some times. We get that.
"Obviously, there will be no retaliation. That will not be happening. So we'll be dealing with that.
"What happens on the track, for good or for bad, for one driver or another, that's where it stays and we move on to the next event."
France referenced the most extreme recent example of retaliation in the Cup series, when Matt Kenseth wiped Logano out of championship contention at Martinsville in 2015 in response to a clash at the previous round at Kansas - describing that scenario as "unacceptable".
"There really won't be anything we need to worry about down the road," France added on this latest driver row.
"If there is, we'll deal with it. We'll look at the tape and look at whoever participates in different things but we also want to be realistic.
"There's just a lot of emotion and a lot of pressure on these guys, to do well, to compete at a high level and when something goes terribly wrong - as it did for Kyle - emotions are going to get the best of all of us and obviously, that's what happened on Sunday.
"We won't get too wound up about it because this is an emotional sport.
"Every once in a while, it's going to boil over."