NASCAR has a long history of Hatfield-McCoy-like feuds. ( Richard Petty vs. David Pearson was the nastiest of 'em all.) Here's a look at the big three of '03.
1. Jeff Gordon vs. Robby Gordon
2003 head-to-head results: Jeff leads 12-5
The battle of the Gordons—who are related only by their mutual antipathy—flared again after last month's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., when Jeff, who took second, said Robby won only because of a pass made under yellow. "If Robby was as fast under green as he was under caution," said Jeff, "he'd win a lot of these things."
2. Kurt Busch vs. Jimmy Spencer
2003 head-to-head results: Busch leads 12-5
Though one-sided, this rivalry remains white-hot because Busch and Spencer simply can't stand each other. Last year Busch said Spencer had "the brain of a peanut"; this year Mr. Excitement asserted that Busch "has a lot of problems mentally."
3. Dale Earnhardt Inc. vs. Richard Childress Racing
2003 head-to-head results: DEI leads in victories, 2-1
The team that Dale Earnhardt founded (DEI) and the team he raced for (RCR) say they have a "friendly rivalry" but often descend into smack talk over who rules restrictor-plate tracks, Adding to the intrigue: In May, Jeff Green, fired by RCR, was hired by DEI, and Steve Park, fired by DEI, was hired by RCR.