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Joey Logano goes after Denny Hamlin at Bristol.
Jimmie Johnson left the 2012 season with a bad taste after losing his sixth title to Brad Keselowski, a champion entirely willing to gloat on his success and perhaps celebrate a bit too much for the seasoned veteran’s liking.
In 2013, it produced a slow burn of a feud between the two, with Johnson suggesting Keselowski should temper his rhetoric and Keselowski offering his opinions that Johnson has a weak spot on track when pushed.
But the best—albeit short-lived—feud of the season took off between ex-teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano at the Daytona 500.
By Bristol, just five races later, they had made contact on track and had a confrontation on pit road. It came to a head when they scrambled for the win on the final lap at Auto Club Speedway in March, making contact several times before Hamlin spun and Logano slid high, giving Kyle Busch the win.
Hamlin was injured in the crash and spent the next several weeks sidelined, basically ending the feud. Don’t be surprised if it crops up again in 2014, however.