By admin | November 2, 2013
By Richard Allen
Last weekend was a contentious one in NASCAR.
Certainly, NASCAR has had its share of scuffles and last week in Martinsville added to the total when Greg Biffle angrily confronted Jimmie Johnson after that race had ended. The Sprint Cup Series is headed for Texas this weekend and with that state’s notoriety for its famous wild west showdowns in both reality and the movies, it seems like a good time to go back and remember some of the more entertaining racing rumbles.
And more, the previously mentioned bout had been preceded by a confrontation between Richard Childress Racing drivers Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon during Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series event.
I know there are many to choose from but here are some of my favorites, including last week’s tussle.
*Please note: No drivers were harmed during the making of this column.
“The Thrilla with too much Vanilla”
Greg Biffle believed that contact from Jimmie Johnson ripped his bumper cover off late in the going in Martinsville and thus forced him to pit road and deep in the pack. He then sought out the five time champion during the post-race interviews. Very predictably, not much happened between the image conscious drivers surrounded by so many crew members and PR representatives.
“Kevin and the Hammer and the Silver Spoon”
Late in last week’s Camping World Truck Series race, Ty Dillon got into Kevin Harvick and sent him for a spin. That set off a bumping match between the two drivers on the track and a rumble on pit road. One member of the Dillon crew even went so far as to hurl a hammer in Harvick’s direction.
Both drivers aired their grievances into microphones after the race, with Harvick voicing his displeasure against the grandsons of his soon to be former car owner by referring to them as “little rich kids”.
“The Rainbow Warrior and the Mayor Battle on the Backstretch”
Jeff Gordon thought that Jeff Burton intentionally ran him over under caution in Texas back in 2010. After a lengthy walk to get to his rival, Gordon threw a few wild punches before the two were separated by the same NASCAR officials who had allowed him to walk all that way unimpeded.
“Smoke on Sliced Bread”
Tony Stewart didn’t like a late race block Joey Logano threw on him earlier this season in Fontana, Calif. After the race ended, ‘Smoke’ charged over to ‘Sliced Bread’s’ car and went after him. A water bottle was flung in Stewart’s direction as a result but not much damage was done in the end. Still, it was an entertaining way to end a surprisingly entertaining race.
“Brotherly Beat Down”
In NASCAR’s most famous fight(and this actually was a fight), Cale Yarborough mixed it up with brothers Bobby and Donnie Allison in the muddy infield of the Daytona International Speedway after the 1979 Daytona 500. In NASCAR’s first fully televised race, the battle between the three stars combined with a Richard Petty victory had newly hooked fans clamoring for more.
”Two Volcanoes Collide”
Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart are no strangers to scuffles and controversy. So, it was inevitable that the two volcanic personalities would find each other at some point. This particular incident took place in the garage area in Daytona after a practice incident back in 2000. After a couple of angry looks and a push or two, the eruptions were contained and both drivers sent to their respective corners.
“Not So Social Garage”
After some less than complimentary comments had been exchanged the previous week in Talladega, Carl Edwards confronted Kevin Harvick in the garage area at the Charlotte(Lowe’s) Motor Speedway back in 2008. Following a heated verbal exchange and a couple of pushes and shoves, everyone was parted.
“The Butt Slap at the Brickyard”
During a season’s worth of bumping and insulting, Kurt Busch was sent for a spin in Indianapolis by Jimmy Spencer. When Spencer came back around to the site of the wreck, Busch made several gestures in his direction, including a slap on his behind.
“The Teammate Tussle”
Earlier this year in Bristol, former Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin had a brief post-race “discussion” resulting from Hamlin having spun Logano on the track. Crew members intervened, but not before the TV cameras caught the action and stirred those in attendance by showing the confrontation on the track’s big screen.
These are some of the incidents that came to mind for me. What have been your favorite NASCAR scuffles over the years?
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