Burton Junior Havent Talked

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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Ward Burton said he hasn’t heard from Dale Earnhardt Jr. since last week’s incident between the two drivers that left Burton crashed out of the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and fined for throwing is heel pads at Junior’s car.

“I have not heard from Dale, and I feel like it’s his place to call me,” Burton said. “We’re trained in this country to seek justice. I’ve have a lot of time to think about it all week, and that single word – justice – comes to my mind every single time. Ya’ll know as well as I do if I go seek justice Sunday, what’s going to happen to the 22 car?

“So I’ve got to try to leave what happened last weekend in the past. I have not had the opportunity to speak to Dale, but that doesn’t mean Dale won’t seek me out when he has the opportunity to see me, and we’ll discuss it or go from there, but I feel like it’s his place to open up the dialogue about what happened last weekend.”

Burton stopped short of saying he expected Earnhardt Jr. to apologize for crashing him, but he talked about a crash he caused at Darlington two years ago when he accidently punted Johnny Benson.

“I didn’t mean to hit him,” Burton said. “It was a very similar incident to what happened to me the other day at Bristol. He was irritated about it. He was mad. I talked to him and his crew chief about it the following week and they were both still mad, and I couldn’t blame ‘em.

“But that’s the way I handled it. Dale will have to handle it the way his conscience tells him to handle it.”

NASCAR fined Burton $5,000 for throwing his heel pads at Earnhardt Jr.’s car, but Burton said he understood the decision.

“I didn’t handle myself good when I walked up the track, and that’s what I got fined for,” Burton said. “I think they should have fined me. They need to stop me and anybody else from doing that. As much as NASCAR as done to try to make us safe, that would have been horrible for me or anybody else to get up there and get run over. That was dumb on my part.”

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