While Regan Smith was collecting his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory ever, fans at the Darlington Raceway got a continued taste of the best rivalry in the sport this year.
Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are in the thick of the points championship and in doing so, continue to push each other on the track—and after the checkered flag.
Harvick and Busch battled each other and got tangled again, this time taking their disputes off the track and into the garage.
Harviick went so far as to wait for Busch to pass him after the cooldown lap and then tried to reach into the cockpit of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota. The disoute undoubtedly won the two drivers a trip to the NASAR hauler for a sit-down with officials.
Busch, when asked by reporters about the altercation, the often cocky driver replied, "It's between us." And asked if the dispute had been resolved, Busch added, "No".
Busch is no stranger to making other drivers mad, having run into feuds with Harvick and Tony Stewart. He even feuded with currrent Joe Gibbs racing teammate Denny Hamlin from time to time last year while Hamlin was in the thick of the points race for most of the season.
The feud or " competition" is good for the sport. While audiences are coming back to the tracks and changes in racing at both Daytona and Talladega proved to be dramatic and exciting, the sport needed more rivalries that would interest fans.
Current NSC champion Jimmy Johnson is looking for an unprecedented sixth straight championship. Drivers like Harvick, Busch and Carl Edwards are at the top of the new points standings and the three have pushed each other with steady racing and more importantly, VICTORIES!
The sport has been lacking true rivalries like Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon, Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison and Richard Petty and David Pearson.
Current drivers Tony Stewart, Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. figure to be in the thick of the points chase as well, adding to the frenzy of the current season.
And as long as drivers like Busch and Harvick are making things interesting on the track and after the race, the sport will continue to gain momentum toward the hot summer months where things are just beginning to heat up.