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Jimmie Johnson celebrates his win last September at Dover Speedway (Getty Images)

Sprint Cup, Nationwide and the Trucks….they’re all racing this weekend at Dover’s Monster Mile. It’ll be interesting to see if the drivers can keep their emotions in check this week.

The last two weekends have featured the latest in a long streak of feuds. Ryan Newman was upset with Juan Pablo Montoya at Richmond and it boiled over before the race at Darlington and then Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick went at it after the race in Darlington.

Earlier this week NASCAR fined Busch and Harvick $25,000 each and placed both of them on probation for what happened after the race on pit road at Darlington.

Last Friday, Montoya and Newman reportedly came to blows or tried to while they were meeting with race officials in the NASCAR hauler to talk about what happened at Richmond. No penalties were handed out to them.

So a lot of eyes will be on all four racers this weekend.

It’s too bad that a lot of what happened off the track or after the race overshadowed Regan Smith’s first Sprint Cup win. And what a race it was with Smith holding off Carl Edwards during a green-white-checkered finish.

Kyle Busch, third in the standings behind points leader Carl Edwards comes to Dover as the defending race winner. He and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers with multiple victories so far this season.

Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with six wins at Dover, including one last September and he’s just one victory away from tying Bobby Allison and Richard Petty for most all-time wins at Dover.

Kyle Busch claimed his 48th career Nationwide win last Friday at Darlington and that places him one victory away from tying Mark Martin’s record for most wins in the series.  Busch has won five of the first 10 Nationwide races this season.

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