I was about to blog about how boring NASCAR has been for most of the season today and then we had the end of the Darlington Southern 500 tonight and it brought back memories of past driver's feuds.
Regan Smith became a first time winner by winning the race by holding off Carl Edwards in an exciting to te finish. Smith was running on old tired and Edwards had fresher tires. Both cars hit the wall on the final lap but continued on for a close finish.
Overshadowing Smith's win was the battle between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Busch decided it was a good idea to spin out Harvick just after an accident that they were involved in, along with Clint Boyer.
Then, Harvick decided to fight Busch and got out his car to go after Busch. Busch stayed in the car and pushed Harvick's car into the wall in a very dangerous move.
From ESPN: After the race, Harvick tracked down Busch's car, stopped in front of Busch on pit road, then got out of his car and attempted to punch or grab Busch through his window. Busch then slammed into Harvick's driverless car, sending it crashing in the inside wall.
Harvick and Busch then stared down each other from their cars as they entered the garage before a standoff that looked as if it might erupt further. It finally ended when Busch bumped Harvick several times to make space to drive off. Both drivers were summoned to the NASCAR hauler....
Smith's landmark win, though, will likely be overlooked with the dustup between Harvick and Busch, who have a history. Harvick admittedly wrecked Busch on purpose late in last season's finale at Homestead as retaliation for earlier contact.
"Just uncalled for. Just unacceptable racing," Busch said. "You know, it's in the last couple of laps but I gave him room off of two, I didn't get the room. Just real unfortunate. I hate we tore up a few good cars there."
While the incident on the track involving Harvick and Busch was no big deal, the fact that Busch wrecked a driverless car could have been very dangerous and I think some severe punishment will come to Kyle Busch for that.
But it was an entertaining race that will leave everyone happy- an underdog won and a fight broke out ala Cale Yarborugh- Bobby Allison in the Daytona 500 in the early 1970s.
This is NASCAR.
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