Rivalries Vs. Feuds

The one year anniversary of the infamous Denny Hamlin- Joey Logano crash in Fontana raises questions of feuds and rivalries. In the mind of this observer, there's a difference. One is good for NASCAR. The other is a public relations black eye. Great rivalries are the stuff of NASCAR legend. The King (Richard Petty) vs. The Silver Fox (David Pearson) may have been the greatest in motorsports. Bobby Allison versus Darrell Waltrip was a great rivalry. For a time, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart ...

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CUT KESELOWSKI SOME SLACK

It's time to lay off Brad Keselowski. For all the grief he has given other drivers, the paybacks now outweigh the original crimes. Congrats Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, you have now made one of the Sprint Cup's most annoying personalities a sympathetic figure. Keselowski faces retaliation (SI.com) ...

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BUSCH QUIETS CRITICS WITH HISTORIC WIN

BRISTOL, Tenn._ In one of the most unique pre-race driver introductions in all of NASCAR, Bristol Motor Speedway allowed drivers to walk out to entrance music and say something to the crowd before the race. While this started out fairly tame and a bit tedious, Kyle Busch lit the crowd on fire when he was introduced. One night after proudly spinning Brad Keselowski for the lead in the Nationwide Series race – a race he eventually won – the estimated 155,000 strong crowd let the Joe Gi ...

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NEWMAN’S THOUGHTS ON BRAD & CARL

Last weekend’s incident between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski in the Nationwide Series event at Gateway International caused quite the stir throughout the NASCAR nation. At a time when NASCAR could use all the attention it can get, these two certainly helped in that respect. Back on the job after a weekend away from the track, most drivers were asked their opinion on the situation, regardless of not being involved. With how tight knit the NASCAR community is and how important saf ...

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EDWARDS AND KESELOWSKI HEAT UP THE OFF WEEKEND

This weekend, while the majority of the Sprint Cup guys enjoyed some much needed time away from the race track, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards renewed their heated rivalry at Gateway International. The two raced each other hard for the win during Saturday night’s Nationwide Series event, and as the checkered flag was thrown in the air it was Keselowski that was wrecking wildly and Edwards that was taking home the trophy, and a firestorm of reaction throughout the sport ignited. Here& ...

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JEFF GORDON MAKING ENEMIES, WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SPIN EVERYONE OUT

Jeff Gordon has now spun out/tangled with/pissed off Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Elliott Sadler, David Ragan, and Martin Truex Jr. this season. Truex? Seriously? The guy who makes Jamie McMurray look like Kyle Busch? Either Gordon's skills are slipping, or he is seriously angry because he has not won in more than a year or he just hates everybody all the time. Also, the wrong gas was put in Gordon's car on Friday. By whom? For what purpose? Your guess is as good as ours. Jeff Gordon, your biz ...

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AMBROSE’S MISTAKE GIVES JOHNSON THE WIN

As the laps wound down on Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350k at the Infineon Raceway, it appeared the battle for the lead between Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson was going to be the best we’ve seen in years. Combining to lead 90 of the 110 laps, the two were the strongest cars all afternoon and with a caution coming on Lap 104 of 110, a double-file restart was set to bunch the field up before the run to the checkers. Unexpectedly, Ambrose’s car stopped as the pace car led the fie ...

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JOHNSON-GORDON RIFT SHOWS LARGER TREND

RICHMOND, Va. _ Over the last two weeks it has been more than obvious teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have been racing each other harder than ever on the race track. These buddy-buddy teammates are now drawing attention for their on the track run-ins, but does Gordon’s aggression elude to a larger trend?Any time a team becomes dominant in one sport, the competition is forced to change the way it plays the game. When the New York Yankees went on a streak in the late 1990s, other fr ...

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ARE YOU IN A NASCAR FEUD?

Martinsville showed what happens when folks stop being polite and start getting real.  The gloves came off and surprising feuds simmer to a boil.  Matt Kenseth found himself smack dab in the middle of a Jeff Gordon feud.  A simple bump can become a NASCAR fight. Some feuds are obvious (Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski have been at it for weeks), but many others are just below the surface.  Here is a handy chart to see if you're in the middle of bitter racing rivalry. ...

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JOHNSON AND BUSCH: A RIVALRY IN THE MAKING

BRISTOL, Tenn. _ With such a renewed focus on rivalries in the sport, another great rivalry is in the beginning stages. No, I’m not talking about Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. I’m not talking about Kevin Harvick and Edwards either. The newest rivalry that is developing in the Sprint Cup Series appears to be between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. This rivalry, unlike the others, is developing not in the media center, but on the track. During Sunday’s Food City 500 at th ...

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