Over the years, many fights and rivalries have occurred in NASCAR and the 2013 season has not been the exception. The races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway may have given NASCAR some of their newest rivalries.
The races at New Hampshire may have brought the competitiveness and aggressiveness in many drivers, bringing out all of the emotions within drivers. Some of that competitiveness might have been what has caused some drivers to begin new rivalries.
Throughout the Nationwide Series, the race had gone into overtime, and Elliott Sadler and Regan Smith looked like they were on their way to capture good finishes at the “Magic Mile” until the final green-white checkered finish. Within that restart, Sadler and Smith made contact, which sent Sadler spinning and it went on to make things difficult between both drivers.
Post-race, a talk between both drivers led to Sadler saying the words that would confirm the start of a new feud in NASCAR, “You will not win the championship. Mark my word.”
Both drivers are in the top 10 in the points, but Sadler ended up losing the most ground in the championship race as he fell two spots to fifth. Moving forward, it would be interesting to see how they race each other and in the point standings now that Smith’s points lead has dropped to just five over second place Sam Hornish Jr.
In the Cup Side, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman got at each other, but not on the racetrack. Post-race, Busch made some comments towards his displeasure with the way Newman had raced his brother Kurt Busch, calling Newman an “idiot.” However it didn’t take long to get Newman’s response to Busch’s comments. Newman mentioned in a Sirius-XM radio interview how Busch has talent, but wasn’t very bright.
By midweek, Busch responded back, but this time backtracking from his previous comments and mentioning how his comments went too far.
Although both races featured the latest arguments between drivers, only one of these incidents can turn into an actual rivalry. Heading into the upcoming weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be the only ones in action and many want to see if Sadler and Smith continue what seems to be a new feud. The emotions that occurred between Sadler and Smith showed that it will be something to watch moving forward in the Nationwide season. The upcoming race at Chicagoland will be the first race to showcase if this rivalry does take full effect.
Meanwhile, with Busch and Newman, after both drivers had their take in the situation, that’s all that will become of it. The Cup Series will be off until Indianapolis and by then, both men should be fine and have moved on. As of late, rivalries haven’t lasted that long in the Cup Series with the exception of Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin earlier in the season. With both Newman and Busch still looking to secure spots into the chase with seven races to go, no one will attempt to seek any retaliation.