It's Danica time

Kay Bell | January 01, 2012

F1 feud

Forget Kevin Harvick vs. Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards vs. Brad Keselowski. The most explosive personality clash in all of motor-sports is McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton vs. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. In the span of 12 races last year, the two men clashed and/or crashed an amazing six different times.

They insist there’s nothing personal between them, but most of the blame seems to belong to Hamilton. He’s developed quite a reputation for his aggressiveness, but this kind of recklessness is counter-productive for an excellent driver who ought to be focused more on winning titles than jousting with a competitor who’s usually on the fringe of contention.

Stewart the second

One of the biggest blows Joe Gibbs Racing ever suffered came when Tony Stewart left. So it’s a nice coincidence to see the Gibbs organization bring another Stewart into the fold. This Stewart isn’t Smoke, but rather James “Bubba” Stewart, a motorcycle ace who’s the first African-American rider to win an AMA Supercross title. Gibbs plans to have the 25-year-old Stewart continue to compete in the motorcycle ranks while beginning the transition into stock cars by running in some regional NASCAR series with an eye on eventually stepping up to the Nationwide Series.

He becomes the third motorcycle star to try his hand in NASCAR, following Ricky Carmichael, who’s been running in the trucks series, and Travis Pastrana, who’s set to make his Nationwide debut in 2012.

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