18 years ago, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson shared a living space in Charlotte as youngsters trying to break into NASCAR. On Sunday night, Harvick was punching Johnson behind the pits at Chicagoland Speedway.
The two drivers are fighting for this year’s championship, but despite their long history and the fact they worked together to help Harvick win last year’s title, a controversial accident on Sunday has turned their rivalry a little bitter. When Johnson got shoved off the track at Chicagoland he tried to push his way back onto the circuit without losing any positions. Harvick didn’t give Johnson any room, the two touched, and Harvick picked up a puncture that sent him into the wall. Their confrontation got physical after the race and it adds an extra level of intensity at the next event where Harvick has absolutely nothing to lose.