Kevin Harvick takes shot at Donovan McNabb for saying NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes

Donovan-McNabb-complains-on-first-takeJimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup title on Sunday, leaving him just one shy of the record for championships won by a NASCAR driver in a career. His dominance of the sport was discussed during a segment on FOX Sports 1, with Donovan McNabb emphatically stating that stock car drivers are not athletes.

“I like what he’s been able to do,” McNabb said. “Do I think he’s an athlete? Absolutely not. He’s not an athlete. He sits in a car and drives. That doesn’t make you athletic.”

Several drivers have been having fun with McNabb’s comments. Earlier this week, Johnson said that he is an athlete and so are all of the other drivers in the sport — including Tony Stewart. While Johnson decided to take the high road and insult one of his own, Kevin Harvick took aim at McNabb.

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Greg Biffle confronts Jimmie Johnson after race, grabs him by the shoulder (GIF)

Greg-Biffle-Jimmie-Johnson-fightJimmie Johnson has to be one of the most calm and collected drivers in the history of auto racing. Otherwise, Greg Biffle would have woken up with a shiner on Monday morning.

Johnson finished fifth and lost his Sprint Cup Series points lead after a frustrating race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. As he was speaking with reporters on pit road after the race, an enraged Biffle came strolling over, grabbed Johnson by the shoulder and spun him around. Looking stunned, Johnson calmly placed his hand on Biffle’s chest.

“Hey, you (expletive) ripped off my rear bumper, you (expletive),” Biffle barked at Johnson, via USA Today Sports. “You (expletive) ran into the back of me!”

At some point during the race, Johnson made contact with the back of Biffle’s car. Johnson admitted that, but he didn’t think he did anything wrong. Replays actually show that it might have been Dale Earnhardt Jr’s car that damaged Biffle’s bumper.

“We made contact, but I couldn’t understand why he was down here pulling on my collar like he just did,” Johnson said. “We’ll get it sorted out.”

Biffle saw things differently.

“If he’s running for the title, he better not tear my rear bumper cover off, because that’ll be his last race he finishes,” Biffle told reporters. “The guy tore my rear bumper cover off and I had to pit when we were planning on staying out and I had to go to the tail end of the longest line. That’s why I was upset about it.”

Man do I love when NASCAR goes WWE. These guys are a riot. At least no one’s dad had to get involved this time.

H/T The Big Lead
GIF via @jeff_gluck

Jeff Gordon cusses out Carl Edwards on his radio

Jeff Gordon was fuming with Carl Edwards during the AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta on Sunday after the two shared a couple of tight exchanges.

Gordon slid up the track and cut off Edwards for a spot on lap 20. Later in the race, on lap 201, the two rubbed against each other as they were battling for position. Edwards had the inside track when they made contact, which infuriated Gordon.

“Ask the f—ing 99 what his problem is. Somebody needs to explain to that dumb— who the f— does he think he is? That pisses me off right there,” Gordon said over his radio communication.

It’s pretty hypocritical of Gordon to be so upset with Edwards for retaliating after Gordon did the exact same thing to the 99 car earlier in the race.

Gordon finished sixth in the race, while Edwards finished 18th. It looks like they tried talking things out afterwards:

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Mike Skeen’s girlfriend Kelly Heaphy slaps Max Papis (Video)

Max Papis had an incident with Mike Skeen on the track during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Motorsports Park on Sunday, but it was off the track where things got really bad.

Papis and Skeen were battling for position and both went into the wall on the final corner of the final lap after Skeen tried pulling a move under Papis. Papis managed to finish sixth in the Chevrolet Silverado 250, while Skeen finished 13th.

Papis had words for Skeen during the cool down lap per FOX Nascar blog Shake and Bake. Things spilled over into the garage, where several crew members went up to Papis’ door. After getting out of his car and conducting an interview, Papis was approached by Skeen’s girlfriend Kelly Heaphy, who was irate and slapped him.

ESPN’s Marty Smith reported that Papis literally suffered a dislocated jaw after being slapped, and Papis confirmed that over Twitter:

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Ryan Newman looking for checkered flag in Atlanta

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Ryan Newman is looking to continue his hot run of late at this weekend’s AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta.

Rocketman won his first Sprint Cup race of the season last month after leading 45 of 160 laps at The Brickyard to take home the checkered flag. The next week, he started fourth and finished fourth at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono. He had consecutive top-15 finishes after that, but he slipped to a 21st-place finish at the Irwin Tools night race in Bristol. The Stewart-Haas driver is currently No. 15 in the Sprint Cup standings.

This weekend, Newman heads to Atlanta to improve upon last year’s DNF at the track. He has captured seven poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has raved about the pure speed the track offers. Newman has started in the top 10 in three of his last four races there, and he’s looking for another top pole position on Sunday.

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Danica Patrick: Tony Stewart off the meds and back to life

Tony StewartTony Stewart is out at least the next month — and likely longer — as he recovers from a broken leg suffered during a crash at Southern Iowa Speedway on Aug. 5. Though Stewart needs to take extensive care of himself while recovering, Danica Patrick makes it sound like her Stewart-Haas Racing boss/teammate is improving.

“I’ve heard he’s kind of getting back in the game, you know,” Patrick said Friday at Michigan International Speedway, per USA Today Sports. “He wants to know everything that’s going on. He wants to be able to hear what we’re doing. He’s off the meds and back to life again.”

Patrick had been communicating with Stewart via text message while he was in the hospital recovering. Stewart-Haas competition director Greg Zipadelli has also been in contact with Stewart and says Smoke is still in a lot of pain. He also says that the recovery process will be slow.

“We’ve been working under the assumption that he’s out for the next month or so, or longer,” Zipadelli said Friday, via ESPN. “He went to the doctor this week, he had a decent visit — no setbacks. … I saw him on Wednesday night, and we spent some time together. … He’s in great spirits. He’s going through a transition period. The next seven to 14 days will tell a lot about how [the leg] heals, whether things take. We’ll update you guys as we can, but it’s going to be a really slow process.”

Austin Dillon is racing in Stewart’s place on the team for the time being. He finished 14th at the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday and 21st in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. Nobody can come close to replacing Stewart both for his racing ability and personality around the track.

Danica Patrick dishes on relationship with boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse JrDanica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the only couple of their kind. Never before have two racers on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit — to our knowledge — entered into a romantic relationship. One would think that racing against each other on the weekends while going on dinner dates during the week would be complicated, but Patrick and Stenhouse make it sound simple.

For starters, they have figured out how to consolidate space on race weekends. Patrick and Stenhouse, who were described as “inseparable” in a recent feature by USA Today Sports, use one of their motor homes at the track for living and sleeping and the other for Patrick to cook some of her best dishes.

“Does it worry me at all being together so much? No, because we’re worse apart,” Patrick told USA Today. “We’re much better together.

“I mean, we’re apart for at least four hours on Sundays. But I’m still as close as anyone can get to him that whole time.”

Patrick and Stenhouse are both ranked outside the top 20 of the Sprint Cup standings, so there’s no telling what could happen if they were ever battling each other for spots in the top 10 or had to square off in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Judging by some of the sacrifices they have made for one another, my guess is they would find a way to make it work.

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