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War of the Words Continues: Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch Rivalry Heating Up

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIAugust 12, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 12: Jimmie Johnson drives the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 12, 2011 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jimmie Johnson took the first jab at Kurt Busch this weekend.

Johnson is still mad about the way Busch raced him on the last lap last weekend in Pocono and what transpired on pit road after.  

Johnson had this to say today in his press conference reported on NASCAR.com:

"When we got to pit road, I'm not sure if anyone has had words with someone before, but when you're in that moment and you're having words with someone, and as the crowd starts to build around, that guy all of the sudden gets brave. And then when you think it's over, and you walk away, and that guy gets real tough—I don't know about you, but that really makes me mad.

"The bottom line is, he just started running his mouth. And if you look at over the years and what his mouth has done for him, it got...Jimmy Spencer to punch him in the face. It's led to issues with the NASCAR officials on pit road. I think we all tune in weekly to wonder what he's going to say to his crew guys.

"You look at what he said to Roger Penske, his car owner. That aspect is the part that really got me mad. At the end of the day, I'm not going to let him run his mouth at me. That's kind of how it is."

Busch's press conference isn't until tomorrow, so you know he will surely fire back at Johnson.  That's the way him and his brother are. They're always surrounded by controversy.

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Sunday's race at Watkins Glen will surely provide intense moments. The other road course race this season at Infineon Raceway caused a bunch of rivalries to spark.

Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers wrecked each other. Kasey Kahne and Juan Pablo Montoya had words for each other after the race. Denny Hamlin was quoted saying he needed a tank for these road course races so it's strong enough to withstand the contact from other cars.

Don't forget just two years ago Jeff Gordon ended up in the air in a scary wreck at this very race in the Glen.

Also don't forget that tomorrow's Nationwide Series race may be a time where Johnson and Busch go at it. Johnson is driving the No. 7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports and Busch is driving the No. 22 Dodge in place of Brad Keselowski, who is sitting the race out due to his injured ankle.

With all the pressure for drivers to get in the top 10 in the standings or to get a win if they're on the bubble, look for some intense racing with some spectacular crashes on Sunday—maybe even some fists flying in the garages.

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