Gibbs, Hendrick Team Tiffs Linger Into Chicagoland

Denny Hamlin returned a verbal volley from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart, and Kyle Busch continued to vent about being ostracized by his teammates at Hendrick Motorsports.

Hamlin said he was still upset that Stewart blamed him publicly for an incident that took both drivers out of last Saturday's race -- criticism Hamlin called "painful." Stewart wouldn't talk about the incident today.

But despite the exchange of strong words, the Stewart-Hamlin relationship doesn't seem permanently fractured.

That isn't the case at Hendrick, where it already has been decided that Busch will be moving on after this season to make room for Dale Earnhardt Junior.

Busch says he feels alienated from the rest of the team.


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