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Catching up with our year-long Fireball Cup competition, recognizing excellence in the field of NASCAR brawling. Our reigning champion holds onto his throne, but there are challengers starting to line up.

Recall our rules, which can and do change on a whim:

• Verbal/Twitter exchange; slightly aggressive driving leading to issues: 1 point
• Bumping cars in an aggressive, making-a-point fashion: 2 points
• Spin, non-critical: 3 points
• Spin, critical: 4 points
• Out of car, punches thrown: 5 points

Fireball Cup stats, All-Star Race:
• Ryan Newman calling Kurt Busch "chemically imbalanced" (Darlington): 1 point
• Kurt Busch reminding Ryan Newman who pushed him to that Daytona 500 win: 1 point
• Kevin Harvick thumping Paul Menard and unfortunately putting himself into the wall: 2 points
• Menard griping that he gets no respect from Harvick: 1 point

Which gives us current standings of:

1. Kurt Busch, 7 points
T2. Jeff Gordon, 4 points
T2. Ryan Newman, 4 points
T2. Danica Patrick, 4 points
T5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3 points
T5. Kevin Harvick, 3 points
7. Jimmie Johnson, 2 points
T8. Matt Kenseth, 1 point
T8. Joey Logano, 1 point
T8. Paul Menard, 1 point
T8. David Ragan, 1 point
T8. Tony Stewart: 1 point

The All-Star Race wasn't quite the fiesta of brawling we'd hoped for, but there's always the marathon Coca-Cola 600. Cross your fingers!

Your turn. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.

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