Budding NASCAR Feuds Most Likely to Boil over in Near Future
NASCAR is one sport where tempers can easily get the best of drivers. Going over 200 miles an hour for over 150 Laps only to be banged or bumped into a wall by another driver is what ignites feuds in the sport of stock car racing.
As the 2013 season moves forward, and even into next year, several feuds will likely boil over into the near future.
Drivers like Kyle Busch always seem to be fighting with someone, and it's only a matter of time before he makes the wrong person angry and finds himself getting dumped into a wall.
Kyle isn't the only driver with a temper, though. We've seen Tony Stewart fight with Joey Logano this season, and Logano also got into it with Denny Hamlin.
And while Stewart has one of the worst tempers in the sport, he’s sidelined with a leg injury for the rest of the season.
Still, there are several drivers whose feuds will eventually boil over.
Kyle Busch vs. Brad Keselowski
Busch and Keselowski don't care for each other. We've seen it this season, in both the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series.
Busch is at fault for instigating Keselowski this season, as we saw how Brad had the opportunity to dump Busch during the Watkins Glen race, but chose not to.
Kyle though, would send Brad spinning with 13 Laps to go during the Nationwide race at Kansas in early October.
"I got wrecked by a dirty driver," Keselowski said (h/t USAToday). "There is no other way of putting it."
Busch would fire back at Keselowski, though. "Brad Keselowski knows what dirty drivers are because he's done it plenty of times. I have yet to wreck a person on purpose."
Would their Nationwide incident carry over to the Sprint Cup Series? Kyle Busch seemed to think so.
"Probably for Brad being who Brad is, I guess I should be worried because he's stupid enough to do something. But in all reality, to myself, I don't know, I guess I had more respect for drivers than that." (h/t ESPN).
Busch was even a little worried that Brad was going to dump him at Talladega, asking his team if that was Keselowski’s plan. Needless to say Brad didn’t dump him, and if he had there would have been a lot of angry drivers waiting for him after the race.
These two have been feuding on and off for the last several years now (“Kyle Busch is an a…”), and while Kyle made a name for himself before Keselowski did in the Sprint Cup Series, Brad has done what Kyle continues to struggle with:
Winning the championship.
These two young drivers will continue to clash, and their feud will more than likely boil over into a full on battle sometime soon.
Denny Hamlin vs. Joey Logano
Joey Logano left Joe Gibbs Racing with plenty of animosity toward his former teammates. When he tangled with Denny Hamlin during the beginning of this season, that anger would finally show itself.
Logano was a frustrated driver. He had done nothing at Joe Gibbs Racing and was trying to prove himself in the Penske organization.
When he clashed with Denny Hamlin though, it was clear that these two drivers didn't care for each other.
Hamlin and Logano scuffled twice earlier in the year, and it ended badly for Hamlin. Logano wrecked Hamlin at Fontana and took him out of the 11 car for six weeks because of a back injury.
To make matters even worse, we still don't know if Logano ever really patched things up with Hamlin. He did try to apologize through text messages, but that's not much of an apology.
And when the Chase started, Logano made an attempt to call Hamlin, but the only thing Denny is concerned about is getting an apology.
"My guess is someone told him to call me, probably Roger Penske, and told him to make things right between us before it was too late," Hamlin said (h/t ESPN). "There just is nothing to say until there's an apology. Until then, he's going to know every time I'm behind him. I'm never going to give him an inch. Every time he tries to pass me, I'm never going to give him an inch. And someone had to tell him that's going to be a hard way to race through the Chase, so I'm guessing that's why he tried to call me."
These former teammates clearly have a problem getting along, and when Hamlin comes back healthier next season, their rivalry could continue to boil over if both drivers are too stubborn to move on from their difference.
Danica Patrick vs. Up-and-Comers
Danica Patrick has been in scuffles with drivers since she began driving a more involved Sprint Cup schedule back in 2012.
From her brief exchanges with Regan Smith and Landon Cassill last year, to her recent outburst after she had trouble on pit road during Talladega, Patrick has shown that she has quite the temper.
Patrick is going to clash with other drivers. It won't be the sport’s biggest stars, like Johnson or Gordon, but expect her to feud with someone like Regan Smith or even Austin Dillon as he enters the Sprint Cup Series in 2014.
Patrick hasn't been relevant this season, besides at restrictor plate tracks, and if she's racing drivers who are in under-funded equipment for position, don’t be surprised if she ends up in the wall a couple of times next season.
Maybe it's resentment that Patrick was given such a huge chance in the Sprint Cup Series, or it could be that drivers just don't like her attitude, but the more we see Patrick, the more we should expect her to eventually end up feuding full-time with another up-and-coming driver.
New Feuds in 2014
These feuds could easily boil over when the 2014 season starts, but we've seen drivers clash last year only to make amends this season.
Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer last year had a major feud that ended at Phoenix during the Chase and literally had both teams fighting. This year though, both drivers have been able to race each other and have avoided another scuffle.
When it comes to feuds in NASCAR, anything can happen. It's hard to predict which two drivers will end up fighting each other during a race, and all it takes is one bad bump for a driver to gain a new enemy.
These drivers, though, still aren’t getting along, and if they clash next season, their feuds could finally boil over.
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