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Code between drivers big topic entering Kansas Speedway

Tensions are high at every level of NASCAR as its grueling, 11-month season enters the homestretch with three weeks remaining to crown three series champions.

All eyes had been on feuding drivers Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick, but NASCAR last week demanded the they knock it off — a directive that sucked all the drama out of what could have been a nail-biting rivalry capable of derailing Elliott’s shot at a second consecutive Cup Series title.

Still, there’s been enough bumping and banging through the field in all three series that “driver code” and “etiquette” hang heavy over the championship races.

Associated Press

AND: NASCAR is essentially a battle of give-and-take, a battle of wills at times. Playoff drivers have an attitude of more take than give and hope that those not in the playoffs will do a little more giving, with the idea that when they get in a similar position, they can do more taking.

“You expect the favors that you have be returned,” Hamlin said. “It’s over with, but my frustrations are with if you take me out, and I don’t wreck you immediately the next race or the next few, then, like, you owe me one.

FOX Sports