As we approach the Chase for the Sprint Cup, some of the most tense weekends of the NASCAR season, it’s a safe bet that tempers will run high in some of the sport’s top camps.
After all, it's unbearably frustrating to have a strong car, to come so close to a race or championship win, only to fall short due to an error—whether it's your own or somebody else's.
Sometimes, drivers can graciously control that frustration. Other times, to put things nicely, they can’t. (It should go without warning that some of the language in these videos may not be safe for work.)
This is a celebration of some of those moments—when drivers' mouths ran at full speed when they should have been under caution, so to speak.
Of course, there’s plenty of moments that were left off of this particular list. But hey, there’s always room for a sequel, right?
Any fan of any sport knows that athletes get emotional in the heat of battle.
NASCAR is no different and has seen its fair share of fiery actions on the part of drivers over the years.
Todd Bodine is the latest driver to show his emotional side, when he chucked his helmet at the passing truck of Nelson Piquet Jr. (at about the 1:45 mark of this video) after contact between the two resulted in a crash that took Bodine out of the Camping World Truck Series race last Saturday at Pocono.
Whether it’s a bit of bumper cars during the race, a physical confrontation after the race, just a good ole chuck of the helmet, or some combination of the three, drivers have been finding ways to express their displeasure with other drivers for as long as NASCAR has been around.
As fans, it’s that fire that we love to see. It lets us know that these guys really care about what they do and shows how driven these drivers are.
Not to mention, it’s incredibly entertaining. Which brings us to this list, which is in no way all-inclusive. There have been way more than 10 great angry moments in NASCAR history. If there is one that comes to mind that isn’t on this list, share it in the comments below.
With that said, here's our list—in no particular order—of 10 of the best angry outbursts in NASCAR history.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Three days after securing a share of the lead heading into NASCAR’s playoffs, Kevin Harvick visited Virginia Tech and avid stock car racing fan Frank Beamer.
Harvick toured the No. 13 Hokies facilities Tuesday, popped into a coaches meeting and had lunch with several Hokies.
He also presented Beamer with a replica helmet and received a Hokies jersey — No. 29, like his Sprint Cup car — and his name on the back,
Harvick says a winning football team is a lot like a winning racing team — stocked with good people dedicated to success.
Beamer also was placed on the spot when asked who he thought would win the Chase for the Championship.
“Kevin Harvick,” he said, quickly adding he also roots for drivers from Virginia.