Can you feel the anticipation?
We're just days away from action resuming at Martinsville Speedway and the echo of Tony Stewart promising to "bust" Joey Logano's backside after their altercation at Auto Club Speedway is still ringing in our ears.
Will Smoke make Logano his April fool this weekend? The three-time champion said it was time for Logano to "learn a lesson" and messages can be delivered in many forms.
Certainly, the half-mile paperclip provides the perfect stage for retaliation with its tight corners and flat, lightning fast straightaways. The drivers' code -- racing a fellow competitor the way he or she races you -- will be reevaluated and enforced many times over 500 laps. Plenty of "them racin' deals" can happen in the 20-plus seconds it takes to circle the shortest track on the Sprint Cup schedule -- and usually do.
Since 1949, the close quarter battles at Martinsville have not only ignited their fair share of grudges, but stoked ongoing rancor for years to come.