Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have NASCAR's pettiest feud this season

Welcome to FTW’s NASCAR Feud of the Week, where we provide a detailed breakdown of the latest absurd, funny and sometimes legitimate controversies and issues within the racing world.
We have two feuds this week following Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, which Denny Hamlin ended up winning.
The first seems kind of serious but incredibly petty, all of which could lead to arguments in the coming weeks or revenge on the track. The other feud seems much more fun, more mature and something that two buddies could easily move on from.
So let’s dive right into it.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. vs. Kurt Busch
During the final laps of the Gander RV 400 at the track nicknamed the Tricky Triangle, these two made contact and caused enough trouble to send the race into overtime.

Trouble for Kurt Busch and Michael McDowell!
OVERTIME. NOW. NBCSN. pic.twitter.com/HLGvzFANnj
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 28, 2019

Cars were running four-wide off a restart, and Kurt Busch first forced Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 Ford into the wall with four laps to go. That seems like it’s simply the result of hard racing, making Stenhouse’s reaction a bit disproportional.
Stenhouse bounced off the wall and was able to continue, but he then made contact with Busch and the No. 1 Chevrolet’s back bumper and spun him, which triggered a multi-car wreck and brought out the caution flag.
Busch subsequently his Michael McDowell in the No. 34 Ford, which spun out too.

Ride with @KurtBusch during the crash that brought us to overtime. pic.twitter.com/VJH4dh5AN2
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 28, 2019

Busch finished 27th, while Stenhouse was 21st and McDowell was 25th. With one win this season, Busch is the only one of this group automatically qualified for the 10-race, 16-driver playoffs this fall.
Did Busch and Stenhouse talk after the race?
No, according to NASCAR, the two drivers didn’t attempt to speak to each other afterward. But then Busch made a comment about it on Twitter, passive aggressively claiming to take the high road while still hurling a not-at-all veiled insult at Stenhouse.
(Note: Taking the high road probably means not mentioning it at all or handling it privately.)
Stenhouse, obviously, didn’t appreciate that.

Take the road on over if you really want to handle it. You have my number
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) July 29, 2019

Busch, the 2004 Cup Series champion, didn’t respond, so that’s all we have to go off of. But it doesn’t seem like these two are done tangling yet in a season that goes through November.
However, the point is Stenhouse likely overreacted on the track, and Busch opted for an unnecessarily passive aggressive tweet. And all that means is this is the pettiest NASCAR feud of the season so far.
Is this Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s only feud of the 2019 NASCAR season?
Not even a little bit, as Stenhouse has developed a reputation for causing wrecks, particularly at superspeedways.

A friend of mine asked me, luck or skill? I said avoid #17 at all costs… pic.twitter.com/NjtobxMHMr
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) March 19, 2019

The No. 17 Ford driver got off to a rocky start to the season, clashing with three drivers through the first three races. Overheard on the Daytona 500 radio audio, multiple drivers and teams — including Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Ford team and Landon Cassill’s No. 00 Chevrolet team — criticized Stenhouse.
Most notably, Joey Logano said Stenhouse  “sucks” and called him “Ricky Stankhouse” on the radio.
The following week, Stenhouse’s actions on track enraged Martin Truex Jr., who went on an expletive-filled rant against the No. 17 driver. And then he got into it with Erik Jones, who Stenhouse also feuded with just last week and vowed revenge.
We’ll see if this continues or if Stenhouse feuds with someone new this weekend at Watkins Glen International for the second road-course race of the season.
Daniel Suárez vs. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
The events that led up to this one are significantly less clear, but also judging by their reaction on social media, it’s also far less serious.
After Bubba Wallace finished 22nd and Suárez finished 24th, the two were seen having a heated but not violent disagreement on pit road. Via The Athletic‘s Jordan Bianchi:

Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez had an animated discussion post race on pit road. Both said there was no issue between them. pic.twitter.com/Ii4JwmBAfI
— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) July 28, 2019

Although this discussion is clearly intense, this is how normal, mature adults handle their differences. They talk about it, reach a conclusion and move on. So whatever the issue was between the two drivers — perhaps a middle finger from Wallace at a minimum but maybe more — it appears to be over now.
Or over enough for them to joke about it on social media.

Family doesn't always get along. https://t.co/qwcB9pkYH4
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 28, 2019

Post Pocono cage match.. with myself, @Daniel_SuarezG, @StenhouseJr and @KurtBusch
Hell I'd pay to see it. pic.twitter.com/7dQBwGKWEq
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 29, 2019

Take my money https://t.co/8a3HOJ3iob pic.twitter.com/Ja2aBx415z
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) July 29, 2019

I think we would all want your scrawny ass to get in the ring too https://t.co/gI8rk025EW
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 29, 2019

Yeahhhhhhhhh hard pass https://t.co/jahPsJbN39 pic.twitter.com/Z0kuhkaccp
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) July 29, 2019

In the comments section of a NASCAR Instagram post, Suárez explained, at least in part, what happened between the two and that they’re all good now:

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