Busch, Harvick duke it out

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

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This week's edition of Motorhead Monday should be all about the fairy tale win by vast underdog Regan Smith in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet at Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Showtime Southern 500.

But like most everything in NASCAR it is all about the stars and while the unlikely Ragan was performing his celebratory burnouts, there was Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, two of stock car racing's biggest attractions, parked nose-to-tail on pit road looking like there were ready to stage UFC 130 -- featherweight division.

Busch and Harvick had been involved in a wreck late in the race that cost them both a chance at winning.

In retaliation for that crash -- Busch, in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, hooked Harvick's No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet causing a second wreck -- and that led to the confrontation on pit road immediately following race.

Busch had lost his reverse gear backing into pit road and when he came to a stop behind Harvick he has no where to go.

Harvick saw this as an opportunity to get out of his car and in his words "knock the piss out of (Busch)."

Busch wanted nothing to do with Harvick's threat of a fight so just as Harvick was about throw the first punch through the No. 18's window, Busch stepped on the throttle and pushed Harvick's car into the wall to make his escape, barely missing several crewmen.

"When I saw him getting out of his car, I knew it wasn't going to be a good situation," Busch said. "My choices were limited, I was either going to get punched in the face and then wait for Harvick to get back in his car for me to go or just drive through his car and push it out of the way so I could get out of there and try not to get hit or anything like that.

"I made a judgment call there and it wasn't one of the best choices that I had, but I pushed his car out of the way on pit road and unfortunately there were men walking down pit road."

SceneDaily.com writer Kenny Bruce was the lone reporter close enough to the action to get Harvick's side of the story before both drivers were taken off to talk to NASCAR officials.

"He just ran into me twice," Harvick said as he was on his way to take another swipe at Busch. "I was getting ready to knock the piss out of him."

But before he could get to Busch, however, NASCAR intervened and both drivers were talked to about the incident.

Afterwards, all Harvick would say is that "not much" was accomplished in the meeting.

But FOX Sports was reporting Sunday NASCAR intends to further address the mayhem later this week. Also on the carpet will be Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman for their actions from last week at Richmond.

Finish lines

Am I the only wondering when McLaren bosses will start re-thinking their loyalty to Lewis Hamilton after another driving mistake took him out of contention for a win at the Turkish Grand Prix. His ill-advised decision to attempt to overtake Mark Webber on Turn 3 of the first lap dropped him from fourth to sixth, from which he never recovered. ... Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked like he had another top-10 finish in the bag when he missed the commitment cone while attempting a green flag pit stop late in the race at Darlington. He ended up 14th. ... Quebec's Remy Audette finished second and fourth respectively in a pair of Formula 200 races on the weekend to keep his place on top of the series championship points ladder. ... IZOD IndyCar's Tony Cotman, who is in charge of bringing in chassis changes to the series in 2012 told Racer magazine he opposes team owners who want to postpone the new designs until 2013. ... I am hearing that Donald Trump did not request that he be replaced as pace car driver for the Indy 500, but that race officials told him to quit or be fired.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup

Showtime Southern 500

Cinderella was wearing a firesuit on Saturday night as Regan Smith, driving the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, won the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Winning at NASCAR's toughest track is hard for anyone, but for a driver with a one-car team with no wins of his resume, beating the field at Darlington is next to unheard of, but Ragan did it battling Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford on the final green, white checkered re-start.

"Legends win this race; I'm not supposed to win this race," Ragan, whose previous best Sprint Cup finish was seventh in the season-opening Daytona 500, said.

Smith's win came after a smart call to stay out on old tires when a caution came out with less that 10 laps remaining in the race.

That put Smith at the front of the grid where he stayed.

Brad Keselowski, also on old tires, finished third, with polesitter Kasey Kahne running fourth and Ryan Newman fifth.

Formula One

Turkish Grand Prix

All Sebastian Vettel has to do, it seems so far this Formula One season, is to win the pole and the race is his for the taking.

Vettel took his Red Bull Renault to the top step of the podium for the third time in four races Sunday at the Turkish Grand Prix, after winning the pole position on Saturday.

"He is on top of his game," said Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, who out-fought Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on the final laps to make it a one-two Red Bull finish. "It's not ideal for the rest of us, but it is up to us to bring that to the end sooner rather than later."

The McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finished fourth and sixth respectively with Nico Rosberg finishing fiifth for Mercedes.


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