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Tempers Flare During NASCAR Weekend in New Hampshire and Iowa

July 16th, 2013 at 12:45 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Things were getting testy this past weekend with several drivers losing their cool with other drivers during and after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway. Here is a rundown of those who were mad.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:

Matt Kenseth vs Kurt Busch vs Ryan Newman vs Kyle Busch – On lap 226 the race turned when Kurt Busch dove three wide into Turn 1 under Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman. Kurt had led the most laps in the race and Kenseth said that he did a typical Kurt move by dive bombing and sliding up into Newman. Kenseth felt like he did not touch the back of Kurt Busch to send him into a spin that collected Newman. Kurt felt that Kenseth definitely turned him and replays seem to agree with that. Newman stated that he remembers who has taken him out so in this case it may be both Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth that he will look to payback.

'Ryan Newman slips into the Army No. 39 Chevrolet Impala SS' photo (c) 2009, The U.S. Army - license:

You can add Kyle Busch to that list for what he said about Newman after the race.

"I really hate it that Kurt got tore up and I felt like he had the best car here today,'' Kyle Busch said. "He was definitely good. He could definitely roll the long runs for sure, and I was proud of those guys, but man, just stupidity. I mean, Ryan Newman is the biggest stupid idiot out here. And he's a big ogre and he can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody's butt, so no sense in getting into a fight with him. But glad he is out of a job."
Newman had words back for Kyle Busch on Monday.
"I'm sure if I rearrange his face I might fix it," Newman said. "He's frustrated finishing third [actually second] or wherever he was after hitting me first and then giving me a little rub down the straightaway. Just imagine how I feel. It is what it is. We know he's not very bright. He's a heck of a talent, but not very bright."
There is lots to look forward too in this four-way fiasco.
Kevin Harvick vs Marcos Ambrose - On lap 15 of the scheduled 301 Kevin Harvick already had enough of racing near Marcos Ambrose and punted him off Turn 4. Ambrose seemed to squeeze down on Harvick in Turn 3 and Harvick decided to knock him around in Turn 4. Harvick claimed over the radio that Ambrose came across his nose which caused the No. 9 Ford to spin but replays looked more like Harvick turned toward Ambrose to create the contact. Unfortunately for Casey Mears and AJ Allmendinger they ended up getting their races ruined as well.
Travis Kvapil vs Danica Patrick vs Ricky Stenhouse Jr - On lap 238 Danica Patrick made a bonehead mistake and got way too deep into Turn 1. She tried to stop but got sideways and right into the back of her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He then careened into Travis Kvapil and all three slammed up into the outside wall. Kvapil was visibly mad at Patrick on the track as he side swiped into Patrick after the wreck. Patrick took full blame but she has some relationships to repair especially one personal one with her boyfriend who she cost a lot of valuable points.
'Danica Patrick First Woman To Win Daytona Poll' photo (c) 2013, Zennie Abraham - license:
Paul Menard vs Jeff Gordon – On lap 259 Paul Menard dumped the four-time champion in Turn 2. Jeff Gordon had run near the front most of the race but was deep in traffic at this point and when he passed Menard in Turn 1 he slide up into the left-front of Menard. Menard immediately responded by gasing it and spinning Gordon. On the radio Menard professed he was sick of people taking advantage of him. Gordon jokingly thanked Menard for the spin in social media after the race because it allowed Gordon to get new tires and salvage a tenth place finish.
Elliott Sadler vs Regan Smith – It was the third and final attempt at a green-white checkered finish on Saturday and Elliott Sadler was trying to pass Austin Dillon for third on the track and finish as the Dash 4 Cash winner for the second straight race. Regan Smith the current points leader got into Sadler in Turn 1 and spun Sadler out causing the driver of the No. 11 to finish in 18th. Sadler was furious afterwards and vowed that Smith will not win the championship.
“You will not win this championship, mark my word,” Sadler yelled at Smith afterward in the garage. “He just said he lost control of his car. I don’t know why he has to race us that way. I don’t race him that way. He admitted he lost control of his car and took us out.”
Sadler fell to fifth in the points and is 24 behind Smith now. Smith took full responsibility and now has to hope that after thinking about it for awhile Sadler cools down a bit.
'6.22.13 Road America / NASCAR Johnsonville Sausage 200 - Regan Smith' photo (c) 2013, Royal Broil - license:
“I’d be mad, too,” Smith said. “I’ve raced Elliott clean for years and never had issues with him. It wasn’t like it was intentional but it happened. I understand his anger.”
The incident adds more fuel to an already great championship race in the Nationwide Series.
Ty Dillon vs Erik Jones – In the closing laps of the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night Ty Dillon slapped the outside wall off Turn 4 when battling for second with Erik Jones. Dillon was upset that Jones ran him up the track a few laps earlier and was even more upset that he did not leave him room the next time which forced the No. 3 Chevrolet into the wall and down to a 16th place finish. The 17-year old Jones felt like he gave Dillon enough room on the top side and called it just hard racing. The incident hurt Dillon in the points as he dropped one spot to fourth and 48 points behind the leader Matt Crafton.
Tags: Camping World Truck Series, Danica Patrick, Elliott Sadler, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose, matt kenseth, Motorsports, Nationwide Series, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Ryan Newman, Sprint Cup Series, Ty Dillon

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