Who would've known teammates could dislike each other so much?
It started at Las Vegas with Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray, teammates on Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. McMurray got lose on a restart and essentially took both cars out of the race. Montoya was none too pleased.
"I know he's trying to prove a point, to show everybody that he can drive a race car, but it really ruined our day."
That, however, was only a prelude to the fireworks that were to come. Two future Hall of Famers, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, were about to start going at it.
The scene was Texas. The two drivers each had strong cars. Both drivers were racing the other hard for the lead. Hard racing soon turned to beating and banging. The beating and banging would result in Johnson cutting a tire, which he later recovered from to finish second.
After the race, the two exchanged verbal blows about how "disappointed" they were with the way the other raced them.
It would carry over to Talladega where, after Johnson put a block on Gordon that eventually led to the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet getting caught up in a wreck, things caught fire. Gordon was, in his own words, "pissed."
Rick Hendrick couldn't put out the flames quick enough, doing his best to prevent the feud from going nuclear in his race shop. So far it's worked.
But then, the cherry on top, is the most recent teammate rivalry: Denny Hamlin versus Kyle Busch.
Hamlin put a block on Busch in the All-Star Race that left his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate fuming. Gibbs did his best to mediate a truce. Busch swears they're cool now. Some of Hamlin's comments before the Coca-Cola 600 weren't all that reassuring.
"All I'm going to say, and I'm going to be done with it, is that each year I think Kyle's going to grow and he just doesn't. Until he puts it all together, that's when he'll become a champion, and right now he just doesn't have himself all together."
Stay Tuned. Besides, this next rivalry sure has been a bust....