Fan Awards: Best Confrontation

    NASCAR's mandate to get "back to basics" at the beginning of the season excited many long-time race fans who wanted the sport to return to its roots.

    The origins of stock car racing were filled with many on and off track confrontations between drivers so the many scuffles that dotted NASCAR 2008 were indeed throwbacks to the roots of the sport.

    Things kicked off at "Speedweeks" in Daytona when Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch tangled, a follow-up to their Dover tango on pit road the previous year.

    We had a nice Nationwide Series mix up between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski during the May Lowe's Motor Speedway race that boiled over into a post-race press conference episode complete with wisecracks and barbs as both drivers sat next to each other on the podium.

    "I think it's him racing in the Nationwide Series and not having any Cup experience, learning how to let guys go at times," Hamlin said. "There were many times during the race when I had him clear except for maybe two inches. Instead he hangs in my right-rear quarter and then goes in the corner right in my door.

    "That pisses drivers off. We just don't roll with that."

    The September truck race at New Hampshire featured a scuffle between David Starr and Todd Bodine on track that boiled over to a full blown brawl on pit road between both driver's crews.

    But for our money the Carl Edwards-Kevin Harvick fight during practice at Lowe's in October was the best battle of the year. Not so much because of the blows either landed on the other but because of the way things built up to the final confrontation.

    Harvick blamed Edwards on national television for causing the closing laps "Big One" at Talladega the previous week, a comment that didn't sit too well with Edwards, who left a note in Harvick's private plane.

    Harvick had the note copied and distributed to some of the media in Charlotte the next week and when word got back to Edwards, he made a beeline to the garage area and the two fiery drivers went at it with choke holds and shoving.

    That's our pick for the best confrontation of the year, what's yours?

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