AUTO PACKAGE: But he started it! Newman, Busch resort to name calling in NASCAR's latest feud

  • Article by: DAN GELSTON , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: July 17, 2013 - 3:59 PM
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, left, watches results with Kyle Busch, center, and Ryan Newman at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch and Newman are the latest drivers to feud following a dust-up at New Hampshire.

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Ahh, nothing like a little NASCAR name calling to spice up the week.

Kyle Busch called Ryan Newman an "ogre." Newman threatened to rearrange Busch's face and "fix it."

All that's missing is the principal to come break things up.

Busch and Newman are the latest drivers to feud following a dust-up at New Hampshire. Newman was involved in a pair of incidents with the Busch brothers that triggered the verbal sparring immediately after the race.

Newman was part of an accident that took out race leader Kurt Busch. Later in the race, he made contact with Kyle.

"I really hated that Kurt got tore up," Busch said. "I felt like he had the best car. And was proud of them guys but, man, just stupidity. I mean Ryan Newman's the biggest stupid idiot out here, and he's a big ogre and can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody's butt. So no sense in getting in a fight with him, but glad he's out of a job."

Stewart-Haas Racing is giving Newman the boot at the end of the season to make room for Kevin Harvick.

Newman responded the next day on SiriusXM with some jabs of his own.

"I'm just afraid if I rearranged his face, I might fix it," he said. "We know that he's not very bright. He's a heck of a talent but he's not very bright. And I'll leave it at that."

But wait, there's more.

It's 2013. So that means there's only one way to settle a score. On the track with fenders flying? With fists in the garage?

Nah, Twitter.

Busch tweeted a sort-of apology for letting his emotions get the better of him after a tough race.

"I'm not sorry for how I feel in those moments, but could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone's livelihood went too far," he wrote.

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THREE TIMES A WINNER: With three wins in one week, Scott Dixon is suddenly in very lofty company in the IndyCar record books.

He won at Pocono on July 7 for his first win of the season, then added two more last weekend in the doubleheader at Toronto to become the winningest active driver in IndyCar. His 32 career wins ranks seventh all-time behind some of the biggest names in open-wheel racing: Three Unsers, two Andrettis, and the all-time leader, A.J. Foyt.

It's a position Dixon never dreamed he'd be in when the New Zealander joined the Champ Car Series as a 20-year-old in 2001.

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