Angry runner-up Greg Biffle called winner Kevin Harvick a "chicken" and a "punk" after the NASCAR Busch Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
With both Nextel Cup regulars a lap down midway through the race yesterday, Biffle thought Harvick intentionally failed to pass leader Reed Sorenson, keeping the "free pass" spot for himself and freezing out Biffle in the event that a caution flag came out. If Harvick had passed Sorenson, Biffle would have moved into position to get a lap back under the caution.
"I think Kevin Harvick's a chicken," Biffle said. "I think he's a punk. And I wish he was sitting right here beside me.
"You've got to be that desperate to try to win a race? He must not want to race a long time because that's going to some pretty extreme measures. . . . Whatever. That's just the way he drives, the way he thinks."
Harvick responded by saying he couldn't catch Sorenson, called Biffle a "prima donna," and said he needs to "quit whining or I'll stop it."
"I felt like it was a pretty clean race," Harvick said near the end of his post-race news conference. "Yeah, I'm pretty frustrated by it. I'll fix it here in a minute, though, if you'll let me go."
Harvick left the media center and headed away in a golf cart. He did not immediately confront Biffle.
Harvick, who has previously won two Cup races on the 11/2-mile oval, got a break when Ryan Newman, who started from the pole and led 118 of the 200 laps in the USG Durock 300, was slowed late in the race by a loose lugnut.
"His car was really strong," Harvick said of Newman. "He probably had the best car for about 20 laps, then our car was better the next 20 laps. It probably would have been a good fight at the end, but I'm glad we didn't have to see it."
Carl Edwards and Mark Martin finished behind Newman, giving Cup regulars, all of whom will race on the same track in today's USG Sheetrock 400, the top five spots. Clint Bowyer, Harvick's Richard Childress Racing teammate, was sixth, the top finish for a Busch regular.
Defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. finished seventh and now leads Bowyer in the season standings by 72 points, with Sorenson, who finished 10th, 106 points behind in third.
* CHAMP CAR: Defending race winner Sebastien Bourdais recovered from an accident in practice to bump Paul Tracy off the pole for the Toronto Molson Indy and tighten the battle for the Champ Car series points lead.
"Every point from now on pretty much counts as double," said Bourdais, who earned one point for winning the pole. "It's going to be a long fight for the championship."
Tracy, who will start second in today's race because he won the provisional pole, is clinging to a one-point lead over Bourdais in the series standings.
* FORMULA ONE: Standings leader Fernando Alonso won the pole position for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England -- his fourth pole this season and seventh of his career.
The Renault driver was timed in 1 minute 19.905 seconds on the Silverstone course during qualifying for today's race. He was followed by Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren-Mercedes in 1:19.932 and BAR-Honda's Jenson Button in 1:20.207.