@nascarcasm’s Beefdown: Checking the temp on recent NASCAR feuds
By @nascarcasm | Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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Every once in a while, we like to provide our readers with a list of all the current driver beefs and whether they’re still ongoing or have fizzled out. Enjoy the NASCAR Beefdown!
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This one is fresh, but to be honest, we don’t expect much from it. Almriola promised to “make it hell” for Kyle Busch after the two tangled at Martinsville. But can you imagine Almirola having beef with someone? Pork, maybe, but not beef! HA! Smithfield joke. OK sorry. But for real, Almirola seems too peaceful, quiet and confrontation-averse to exact revenge on a guy, you know, kind of like Matt Kenseth was.
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The Roval is like Twitter – emotions run high, and next thing you know you’re arguing with someone you don’t really know. That’s why we think this was a Roval-only incident, and it will not continue. Sorry to throw cold water on it.
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This one may actually turn into something. Notice how afterwards they didn’t really threaten each other or declare the other one wouldn’t win the damn war? That’s how NASCAR feuds work. Those who come out guns blazing with bellicose rhetoric tend to do nothing, while those who say little tend to explode later on. Sure, this all started with a “fight” that looked more like a Viennese Waltz gone horribly awry, but stay tuned.
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Ever notice how Joey manages to piss someone off and say something awful during the fall Martinsville race but never the spring one? He needs to flip that around. That way we can enjoy a blood feud between Joey and another guy all season. Furthermore, we must give Joey credit because he feuds primarily with drivers from his former employer. Kyle Busch, Truex Jr., and Denny Hamlin are all Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. That is commitment to revenge against a former employer. I admire that. In fact, I think I’m going to spend the next year tweeting vitriol against my former employer that fired me so blatantly and unfairly. EAT S—T, DAIRY QUEEN.
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The feud of the year where punches actually landed. That’s why Clint was smart to run over to Newman’s car immediately after the race ended and throw hands like a caffeinated rhesus monkey – this way no one else had time to step in and ruin it. Even Newman will tell you some of those punches landed, and he’s not a big believer in landings.
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It’s an interesting beef, this one. Kyle’s mad that cars multiple laps down aren’t yielding to the lead-lap cars. He thinks cars should just be all “Oh, go right on ahead of me, it’s cool” like me in line at a haunted house. The situation during the Xfinity race at Kansas weeks later did not help, when Smithley pulled up in front of Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell who were battling for the lead. As I’ve always said, the best way to avoid situations like this is to race 400 miles in a straight line.
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The feud of the year continues, with no end in sight. Matt DiBenedetto still hates shirts – every single ring-spun cotton fiber of them. What some deem a basic necessity, Matt considers a barrier between the world and his Thor-like throbbing pectorals. Keep an eye on this one.