Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick Rivalry and How It Will Affect NASCAR

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIIMay 13, 2011

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 26:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #33 Rheem Pool & Spa Heaters Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway on March 26, 2011 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kyle Busch has one of those love-hate relationships with NASCAR viewers.  They either love him because he dominates on the track, or hate him because of that domination combined with his temper towards other drivers.  Busch has always been one of the more aggressive ones on the track. 

This past weekend in Darlington, he got into a little scuffle with fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Kevin Harvick.  Each one has a different story as to what really happened out there, but Busch claims that he got a flat left rear tire and needed to get to pit road when he clipped Harvick's right rear quarterpanel. 

Once Busch pulled onto pit road, Harvick was out of his car and threw a punch into his window.  Both drivers have since been fined $25,000. 

There were meetings today in Dover with NASCAR officials as to how they plan to move forward with the incident.  Busch and Harvick are still clearly on the outs with each other and it does not look like those hard feelings will go anywhere soon. 

So how will this affect the other drivers?  Such an intense rivalry on the track could potentially put the other drivers at risk.  If two cars are out to get each other the whole race, driving rougher than normal, the risk for wrecks will increase significantly.

NASCAR's rule is that the drivers can work out their own problems until things get out of hand.  The question is, how does one determine when they are out of hand?