Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 9/19/14

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #16 CitiFinancial Ford, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Saturday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway began with boxing announcer Michael Buffer asking drivers if they were ready to rumble, and was highlighted by Tony Stewart launching his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car.

On lap 333, Stewart and Kenseth battled through the fourth turn side-by-side, neither of them willing to give up position, but both paid the price when they collided into the inside wall. Stewart climbed out of his wrecked car and waited for Kenseth to come down pit road, he then threw his helmet and smacked the nose of the No. 17 Ford in front of an announced crowd of 145,000.

"I checked up twice to not run over him, and I learned my lesson there," Stewart growled. "I'm going to run over him every him every chance I've got from now 'til the end of the year. Every chance I've got."

Kenseth says he knew Stewart was about to throw his helmet, "I was expecting it, and it didn't really bother me. It wasn't going to hurt it any worse."

"That's fine," Kenseth said later. "Look, Tony is probably the greatest race-car driver in the garage. I don't have anything bad to say about Tony. On the race track for year and years and years, we've had tons of respect for each other. And for whatever reason this year, he ran me off the track at [Sonoma], same story, and cost me seven spots in the finishing order. And Indy, he was mad because he said I blocked him, and I asked for five minutes of his time to clear the air, and he wouldn't give them to me. Just pretty much got cussed out. ... So, I'm just going to race him the same way he would race me. He showed me how he was going to race me down there. I just did the same thing on the other end."

In the end, Carl Edwards won his third race of the season, tying for the most wins on the Sprint Cup tour.

Video: Stewart tosses helmet at Kenseth's car.

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