The final weeks of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season were marred by post-race scuffles as the battle for the championship reached a fever pitch under the new elimination-style Chase format. Are more fights in store for 2015? Here's a look at 10 drivers who could throw down in the upcoming season.
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From his memorable post-race run-in with Kevin Harvick at Pocono in 2010 to his altercation with members of Denny Hamlin's team following the March 2013 race at Bristol, Joey Logano has never shied away from a good tussle.
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Over the course of his 14 years in NASCAR's top series, Kevin Harvick has engaged multiple drivers in confrontations. Among his enemies at one point or another: Greg Biffle, Joey Logano, Ricky Rudd and Juan Pablo Montoya. Harvick was also at least partly responsible for last fall's Texas post-race fiasco involving Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon, after pushing Keselowski in Gordon's direction.
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Brad Keselowski managed to anger competitors at an alarming rate in 2014, prompting both Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth to physically confront him at different times. While Keselowski isn't typically prone to start fights, he tends to end up on the receiving end of drivers' animosity more than his share of the time.
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One of the burliest drivers in the Sprint Cup garage, Ryan Newman engaged in a heated verbal exchange with Jimmie Johnson at Michigan last August after the two drivers traded paint in the race's closing laps. If there's one driver who Johnson probably doesn't want to go up against in a fisticuffs anytime soon, it's probably Flyin' Ryan.
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Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has feuded with numerous drivers throughout the course of his long career in NASCAR. And, on occasion, he's gotten physical, too. Stewart deliberately backed into Brad Keselowski's car following the race at Charlotte last October, and confronted Joey Logano after contact in the closing laps of the 2013 race at Fontana. It seems that the driver nicknamed "Smoke" isn't afraid to retaliate when he deems it necessary.
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One of the most respected drivers in the garage, Jeff Gordon has played a role in a surprisingly significant number of fights in his lengthy career. Some drivers with whom he's come to blows? Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton and, most recently, Brad Keselowski, last fall at Texas. Based on comments Gordon has recently made, it's clear that the four-time champion still hasn't put the Keselowski incident in the past.
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A driver who has always been prone to wear his emotions on his sleeve, Denny Hamlin was particularly vocal in 2014. Following a crash in the August night race at Bristol, he threw his HANS device at Kevin Harvick as Harvick drove around the track under caution. Later, following the October race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Hamlin tailgated Brad Keselowski through the garage and had to be restrained by members of his team upon exiting the No. 11 Toyota.
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One of the sport's most gregarious drivers, Clint Bowyer turned atypically testy following a late-race collision with Jeff Gordon in the November 2012 race at Phoenix. How mad was Bowyer? Mad enough to storm through the garage in pursuit of the man with whom he'd just tangled on the track. While Gordon and Bowyer haven't had any major issues in more than two years, there's still not much love lost between them.
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While Matt Kenseth has long held a reputation as one of NASCAR's most mild-mannered drivers, the veteran had finally had enough last fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway where, following contact on the track, he abruptly ran up behind Brad Keselowski and put the Team Penske driver in a headlock. Members of both drivers' respective teams had to intervene, and Kenseth sent a loud message that his proclivity for politeness only goes so far.
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Not known as one to start a fracas on or off the track, Carl Edwards acted very out of character in 2007 at Martinsville Speedway. Angry with then-teammate Matt Kenseth, Edwards threw a fake punch in Kenseth's direction while the two drivers discussed their differences. Now, with Edwards' move to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2015 season, the two drivers are teammates again. But history has proven that being teammates won't necessarily keep the peace between these two.