Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer are currently under investigation by NASCAR after an incident that took place during Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway.
It all started when Jeff Gordon, the driver for the #24 DuPont Chevrolet Impala, held up to Bowyer in an effort to wreck him.
After exiting his vehicle on pit road, Gordon clashed with members of Bowyer’s team. Bowyer followed suite by sprinting to the garage to take on members of Gordon's crew at the No. 24 hauler.
Bowyer, the driver for the #15 Toyota Camry, told ESPN it was "pretty embarrassing for a four-time champion and what I consider one of the best this sport's ever seen ... to act like that is just completely ridiculous."
Gordon told reporters that his response was an accumulation of frustration from incidents throughout the year, beginning when Bowyer wrecked him and teammate Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville.
"Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me, and he got into me on the back straightaway and pretty much ruined our day," Gordon said. "I've had it, fed up with it, and I got him back."
While officials met with Gordon, Bowyer and others in the NASCAR hauler after the race to discuss what happened, they said it's too early to predict whether drivers or crew members will be suspended for being involved in the fight.
"There's a lot of things to shift through on and off the racetrack," vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said after meeting with drivers and crew members from both teams. "We'll continue to talk and work things out amongst the teams. We'll continue to try to get everybody back calmed down and get it back to a good working situation for everybody."
Just last year, NASCAR parked Kyle Busch for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Texas after he intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday Jr. under caution in the Truck Series race.
Pemberton was vague on potential penalties that were likely to follow Sunday’s incident.
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