You just know they hate each other’s guts now.
The feud between Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson is starting to heat up this 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season as both drivers got into some late-race bumping at Chicagoland Speedway that left each of them wondering if one has a problem with the other.
Hell, both might still be upset when the Sprint Cup series picks up July 26 at Indianapolis. Jimmie Johnson had lost his lead to Denny Hamlin late in the race and fell back into three-wide racing with Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon. Gordon appeared to get under Johnson, and the three-time defending Cup champion’s No.48 Chevrolet got loose and made contact with Busch.
Angry at the contact, former champion Kurt Busch appeared to deliberately turn into Johnson. Their cars connected, causing a spark of excitement in a 400-mile race that Mark Martin won in mostly dominating fashion.
”The No. 2 (Busch) and I touched and he bodyslammed me after that,” Johnson said.
Busch and Johnson also spun together and tangled at Sonoma, perhaps one reason for Busch’s ill feelings. Johnson slid into Busch and later apologized. Another reason could be while Johnson salvaged an eighth-place finish after seemingly having the race won until Hamlin caused him to lose control, Busch fell all the way to 17th.
”It looked like it was pretty crazy up there, but it worked good for me,” said Gordon, who ended strong with a runner-up finish. Busch said he was starting to lose faith in Johnson’s ”ability to be a three-time champion on the track.”
”A couple of runs spoiled by the 48 car,” Busch said. ”I’m not digging it.”
Johnson claimed Busch was coming again to intentionally tag him for a second time.
”He’s one of those guys that his temper can get away from him,” Johnson said. ”When he first hit me it was like, all right man, this is racing. This isn’t necessary. And then he backed off.”
With a lot of races left in the season, expect more antics to come from these guys.
Who will win the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Allstate 400 this weekend? SPORTSBETTING.com has the odds.
Jeff Gordon 7-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 30-1
Jimmie Johnson 5-1
Carl Edwards 2-1