For the past few years, the final weeks of the NASCAR season have played host to some of the hottest tempers of the year. In 2010, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch got into a run-in at Homestead, while the next year saw Busch tangle with Ron Hornaday at Texas.
This year, the "feud du jour" belongs to Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon, whose incident at Phoenix just a few short weeks ago hasn't yet left the sport's consciousness. Gordon, frustrated by multiple perceived on-track slightings by Bowyer, deliberately wrecked both of their cars in that race's final laps, leading to a major fight and serious fines.
But is it really one of the most intense feuds in NASCAR history?
Sure, what Bowyer and Gordon went through was significant on a level that's been somewhat lacking in the sport in recent years. But before Phoenix, not only did they never have any major altercations, they were buddies.
Gordon called Champion's Week in Las Vegas "awkward" because Bowyer wouldn't talk to him, while Bowyer did his best to avoid discussing the incident entirely.
No, there have been crazier ones throughout the sport's history. We've seen brothers tangle, public perceptions flipped, and championships won and lost. We've even seen one driver pistol-whipped, literally, by his opponent's wife. Gordon and Bowyer have been the poster children for recklessness in racing of late, but they've got nothing on these 10 feuds: