NASCAR may have its rivalry after all

Tony Stewart (R), driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, and crew chief Darian Grubb (L) pose with the championship trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 and the 2011 Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

One thing some say NASCAR has been lacking so far in 2012 is a rivalry. There has been some great racing, different winners nearly every week and some great finishes. Yet, so far there has not seemed to be a matchup between drivers that NASCAR fans love to see. Or has there? Maybe the rivalry hasn’t been so obvious on the track, but a contest between a driver and his former crew chief may just be heating up.

Last November in the media center at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a chill fell over the room when newly crowned champion Tony Stewart took his place on the stage to face the media.  Already present was his championship crew chief Darien Grubb. The icy stare between the two couldn’t be ignored. After all while they were celebrating an almost improbable win and championship the tension between Stewart and Grubb was nearly measurable.

Grubb was a lame duck at the organization, already having been given his walking papers months before by Stewart. So the celebratory mood was muted somewhat by the fact that Grubb would very soon need a job.  MORE>>>


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