NASCAR meets MMA? Harvick, Edwards throw down.

Carl Edwards & Kevin HarvickRule No. 1 among NASCAR racers: You don’t call another driver a pansy. Apparently Kevin Harvick forgot that rule when he called Carl Edwards said pansy, and the two tussled following a “heated verbal and physical altercation” at a recent NASCAR practice session.

Witnesses said the incident started in the garage stall where Harvick’s No. 33 Chevrolet was parked. Edwards had walked over from his area, two stalls down.

The conversation appeared to start amicably, but soon heated words were exchanged, the witnesses said. At one point, Harvick appeared to turn away from Edwards, who then reached for Harvick’s shoulder, as if to turn him back around. Harvick responded by shoving Edwards, who landed on the No. 33 Chevrolet, denting the right-front section of the hood.

People who saw the altercation, including the driver of Harvick’s motorcoach, Jeff Smith, jumped in to separate Edwards and Harvick, the witnesses said. At one point, Smith had Edwards in a headlock, they said, but the drivers apparently exchanged no punches.

Photos were taken of the incident, but were not made available.

Both drivers declined to comment on the incident and NASCAR officials said they considered it a “non-issue.”

In the interview following wreck at Talladega, Harvick called Edwards a “pansy” for riding around in the back of the pack before eventually moving to the front and running with the leaders. Soon after joining the lead pack, Edwards’ car hit teammate Greg Biffle’s car, touching off the 12-car wreck that collected another teammate, Matt Kenseth, and Harvick, among others.

I don’t know what I’d rather watch less – a NASCAR race on TV or two NASCAR drivers fight in a garage but throw no punches.

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