5. Geoff Bodine vs. Brett Bodine The battle of the brothers was the story of the 1994 Brickyard 400, the first NASCAR race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Late in the race, Brett bumped Geoff, older by 10 years, while passing for the lead and Geoff ended up in the wall coming out of Turn 4. Geoff quickly aired the family's dirty laundry on national TV, saying, "We've been having some personal family problems and he just took it out on me on the racetrack." The underlying beef involved Brett's belief that big brother was skimming some money from their joint merchandising efforts. Hopefully the brothers squared things away in time for the Bodine family reunion, long planned for the following weekend.
6. Tiny Lund vs. Lee Petty This Tiny was 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, and he needed all of it in 1957 when his dispute with Petty ended up involving the Petty family tree. At the time, Lund was driving a car owned by Petty and the two fought over how much Lund should be paid. Lee's sons Richard and Maurice joined in the scuffle. The brawl was ended by Lee's wife, Elizabeth, who clobbered Lund over the head with her purse. Lund insisted until his death in a wreck at Talladega in 1975 that Mrs. Petty had a brick in her purse at the time. "I don't mind fighting a Petty," Lund said, "but not all the Pettys at the same time."
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7. Randy Lajoie vs. Buckshot Jones The two Busch series drivers carried on a fierce battle during the 1997 season. Jones contended that Lajoie twice wrecked him from behind, but he seemed most upset that Lajoie insisted on calling Jones by his given name, Roy. Most drivers and fans sided with Lajoie, especially after a Jones attempt at retaliation ended in embarrassment. Jones felt that Lajoie intentionally wrecked him at Bristol, and he tried to hit Lajoie's car as it went by under caution on the next lap. But Jones missed Lajoie and instead hit the wall again, spurring NASCAR officials to order him off the track.
8. Kevin Harvick vs. Ricky Rudd Harvick took over Earnhardt's ride after the Intimidator's death at the 2001 Daytona 500, and he seems to have inherited his ornery temperament. Harvick has had run-ins with Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and former teammate Robby Gordon, among others, before Thursday's incident with Johnson. But his most photogenic outburst came with Rudd at Richmond in 2003. Harvick was running second with nine laps left when Rudd bumped him into a corner, spinning him out and dropping him to an eventual 16th-place finish. After the race, Harvick broke away from his crew trying to restrain him, threw his head-and-neck restraint at Rudd and climbed atop Rudd's car -- with Rudd still in it.
9. Bobby Isaac vs. the world The 1970 Winston Cup champ was known around the garage as "The King of Street Fighters." The talk was that Isaac drove primarily to pay for the fines he received for brawling. He once quipped, "I used to think fighting was just part of the post-race show." One week at Bristol, Isaac clearly had the fastest car during qualifying. But David Pearson, who had clocked the best time to that point, hopped out of some bushes and instructed Isaac to slow down, which Isaac did because he thought Pearson was a NASCAR official. Isaac went looking for Pearson with a tire iron when he discovered the ruse, though Pearson hid under a truck until Isaac simmered down. The two later became close friends.
10. Ryan Newman vs. Rusty Wallace The drivers are Penske Racing teammates but that has done little to mitigate their mutual dislike. Last fall at Martinsville, Newman pushed Wallace up the track on a restart and then refused to let him slip back in line, a customary courtesy -- especially among teammates. After the race, Wallace ran his car into Newman's on pit road. "There is no communication problem," Wallace said this week of their relationship. "We don't communicate at all." Spoken in true NASCAR fashion.