Autosport.com has reported that Jeff Gordon has refused to apologize for deliberately taking Clint Bowyer out of Sunday’s NASCAR Spring Cup race at Phoenix.
Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer hit the wall, prompting flames and tempers to flare. The following events resulted in Gordon and Bowyer’s pit crews exchanging words and punches.
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Gordon was summoned to the NASCAR hauler after the race, and at this time, no penalties have been handed out yet, Autosport.com reported.
“Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me and he got into me on the back straightaway, pretty much ruined our day. I’ve had it, was fed up with it and got him back,” Gordon was quoted saying in the story.
Bowyer has been quoted in numerous reports saying that Gordon’s actions were “embarrassing” and “ridiculous.”
“The last person in the world you want to get into anything with is Jeff Gordon on the race track,” said Bowyer. “I mean, you’re down there racing, the track’s extremely slick, we’re all on tyres. I didn’t even need to pass him. That’s the thing. All I was doing is riding around biding my time. The only thing I had to do is keep the #5 car [Kahne] within reach, so for him to act like that… I barely touched him and then I feel him get into Turn Three and try to turn me and he missed and then next thing I know Brett’s [Griffin, Bowyer’s spotter] telling me on the radio that he’s trying to do. He’s waiting on me.”
Autosports.com reports that NASCAR’s vice president of competition, Robin Pemberton, didn’t anticipate what action, if any, would be taken against Gordon.
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