Pace Laps: NASCAR’s Rivalry Week, Nationwide Vacation And A “Favorite” Triumph
*NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Will Rivalries Ignite This Week?* The 2012 Sprint Cup Season has been downright tame so far in 2012. Sure, there were crashes at Daytona and an early dustup at Bristol; but really, drivers have been on their best behavior so far. But as the series heads to Martinsville, the flat little paperclip-shaped short track in the Virginia foothills, will the good manners last?
That’s a good question. There hasn’t been much action that would spark a full-blown wildfire this year, but there are a few festering wounds from 2011: Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch aren’t suddenly feeling the love. Matt Kenseth has a bone to pick with Brian Vickers. So does Kasey Kahne. So does Jamie McMurray. So do the other guys who got caught in the crossfire last year. Jeff Gordon says he’s forgiven Dale Earnhardt, Jr. after a Bristol get-together compounded his points woes; but will he remember that if he gets frustrated with his teammate again this week?