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NASCAR's Biggest Babies

Michael GuadalupeFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

NASCAR's Biggest Babies

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    NASCAR is a sport where it's easy to see tempers fly.

    Some drivers, though, seem to rant and rave more than others.  Those same drivers sometimes find themselves under probation because of something they did on or off the track.

    There is a fine line between a driver who is ranting and one who is acting like a big baby.  Some drivers are justified in their complaints, while others seem to complain because they like to hear themselves talk.

    Being a baby in NASCAR doesn’t make a driver bad, though.  In fact, most of the drivers on this list are among the best in the sport.

    However, when something doesn’t go their way or they don’t like a certain question asked by the media, they are usually the first ones to react.

    Some get so upset when they have a bad day that they don’t even bother with the post-race interview.

    Bad things happen to all drivers—look at Carl Edwards this season—but those who act like babies let their tempers get the best of them.

     In a sport filled with tough, gritty drivers, there are some who forget themselves sometimes and end up looking and acting like children.

    Here are NASCAR's biggest babies.

5. Jeff Gordon

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    Jeff Gordon had a bad 2012 season and acted like a big baby because of it.

    From venting his frustrations with his teammate Dale Jr. earlier in the year to taking out his anger on Clint Bowyer during the second to last race of the season, Gordon clearly had a hard time dealing with his poor season.

    During the Pure Michigan 400, Gordon felt that Dale Jr. made him check up during a restart and that he should have wrecked him.  Jr. made a pretty decent pass on Gordon and was clearly the faster car.  Gordon, though, still felt the need to cry about it and remind Jr. that he should be thankful the 24 didn't try to knock him out of the race.

    Jeff remained pretty quiet for most of the year after the Michigan 400 race.

    And then Phoenix happened.

    Gordon decided to wreck Bowyer and tried to justify his actions by saying (via Huffingtonpost.com), "Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me, and he got into me on the back straightaway and pretty much ruined our day. I've had it, fed up with it and I got him back."

    When has Bowyer tried to wreck Gordon?  Maybe he meant the spin out at Martinsville? That was just Bowyer trying to go for the lead; he clearly didn't want to spin out Gordon.

    Bowyer raced Jeff hard at Phoenix, but it was no excuse for Gordon to take his frustration out on the 15.

    Gordon trying to justify his actions, which were clearly, wrong made him one of the biggest babies in NASCAR this season.

4. Danica Patrick

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    Danica only ran a limited Sprint Cup schedule this season, but she's already started to prove she is one of NASCAR's biggest babies.

    Back in October, during the Kansas race, Danica decided to try and send Landon Cassill a message because he had been banging and bumping into her during the race.

    She tried to dump Cassill and did manage to make him spin, but she ended up taking the worst of it, as she hit the wall and went to the garage.

    Jeff Gluck over at SBnation.com quoted Danica as saying, "I can imagine it's frustration, but it's been quite a few times with him. At some point I have to stand up for myself so this doesn't happen with other people. I chose today."

    If Danica can't handle some bumping and banging while racing, she needs to re-evaluate running a full-time Sprint Cup schedule.

    There is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself, but why did Danica assume Landon was picking on her?

    "I didn't hit her because she was in my way and I wanted to pick on her, I hit her because she was driving like an idiot for 30th," Cassill said over at SBnation.com.

    Danica's pathetic attempt at spinning Cassill out and trying to justify her actions by saying she was sticking up for herself makes her one of the biggest babies in the sport.

    Then there was also the incident in the Nationwide Series with Sam Hornish Jr., where Patrick put him into the wall after the Talladega race because she thought he blocked her. 

    Not everyone is trying to pick on her because of who she is, so instead of worrying about sticking up for herself, she should worry about finishing the race.

3. Kurt Busch

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    Kurt Busch has been one of the biggest babies in NASCAR for quite some time now, and the trend continued into 2012.

    After a 2011 season that was filled with Busch moments, such as giving someone the middle finger after refusing to be interviewed by ESPN after last year's Homestead race, Busch continued his antics in 2012, even after being dropped by Penske racing.

    He was put on probation early in the 2012 season for getting in an altercation with Ryan Newman's pit crew.

    He would then get his probation extended and would also be suspended for one race because of his comments directed at the media after a Nationwide race.

    Yes, Busch is a hothead and is one driver who always seems to be trying to defend himself for no reason.

    Of course, the Busch antics continued later in the season. Busch decided to ignore the officials at the second Talladega race of the season after being involved in an accident.

    Busch can't seem to take criticism well, and for some reason he believes he doesn't need to follow the same rules as everyone else.

    After a 2011 season filled with Busch antics that ended up getting him cut from a major team, any sensible person would believe that Busch would be on his best behavior in 2012.  Unfortunately that wasn't the case, and Kurt Busch remains one of NASCAR's biggest babies.

2. Tony Stewart

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    Tony Stewart has pretty good aim, especially when throwing helmets.

    He's still one of the biggest babies in NASCAR, though.

    When Tony and Matt Kenseth battled for the lead during the Bristol race this season, what did Smoke expect to happen when he decided to race hard against Kenseth?  Did he think Matt would back down and let him have the lead?

    After they wrecked, Tony decided to throw his helmet at the 17 as Kenseth was driving by, which was pretty entertaining.  He would continue to rant once the race was over, though.

    Stewart was quoted by Jeff Gluck at SBnation.com as saying, "I learned my lesson there; I'm going to run over him every him every chance I've got from now ‘til the end of the year. Every chance I've got."

    Tony, of course, never ran over Kenseth again like he said he would, but Smoke was clearly not happy and for some reason believed the 17 should have simply moved out of the way at Bristol.

    Smoke's sarcasm also makes him look like a big baby.

    After the first Talladega race, Tony gave a post-race interview and sarcastically talked about how more cars should have been wrecked to meet a quota and make the fans happy.

    Yes, those cars are expensive, but if Tony is going to complain about how much they cost, he shouldn't have decided to be part-owner of a racing team.

    Ironically, Tony ended up causing a massive crash at the second Talladega race of the season.  He must have been trying to meet that quota he was talking about.

    Smoke's sarcasm and attitude make him one of the biggest babies in NASCAR.

1. Kyle Busch

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    Kyle Busch is easily the biggest baby in NASCAR.

    When things don't go his way, Busch is known for throwing a tantrum.  This year alone, we've seen Busch storm off after several races when things didn't go his way.

    The biggest issue he had this year, though, came with Toyota Racing Development.  After running low on fuel during the second Dover race of the season, Busch went on a rant about Toyota Racing Development.

    Kyle did have some bad luck in 2012 when it came to engine problems, but he clearly didn't think before spewing hate toward TRD.

    He ended up apologizing for his rant, something Busch seems to have to do often.

    Then there were races like Watkins Glenn and Richmond, where Busch failed to accomplish what he set out to do. He was spun out toward the end of the Watkins Glenn race and failed to make The Chase when the Richmond race was over.

    In typical Kyle Busch fashion, he stormed out of his car and didn't bother sticking around for post-race interviews.

    Do drivers get mad?  Of course they do. But some handle it like professionals, while others handle it like children.

    Throughout the years, Kyle has always managed to complain about something or try to take actions into his own hands, like he did in 2011 in a Camping World Series race.

    Those around Kyle often try to calm him down before he does something stupid, and sometimes it doesn't work.

    Kyle Busch, like his brother, has been one of the biggest babies in NASCAR over the years, and this season was no different.

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