In the latest NASCAR breaking news, officials are currently deliberating on whether to suspend Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon for a fight that took place after a race on November 11 at the Phoenix International Speedway.
The incident began with seven laps remaining in the race and Bowyer, whether intentional or not, made contact with Gordon's car, which would then become black-flagged. Gordon should have driven the car off the track but instead waited for Bowyer to come back around.
Gordon did exactly what he wanted to do. As Bowyer came into view, Gordon came down the track and before Bowyer could get out of the way, both cars, along with Joey Logano's, wrecked and were out for the day.
Bowyer later said that it's pretty embarrassing a four-time champion would act like that, even adding that he's one of the best the sport has ever seen. Gordon said after the incident that frustrations were boiling up over the course of the season. Bowyer wrecked Gordon's No. 24 car and his teammate Jimmie Johnson's car at Martinsville earlier in the year.
After the race ended, pit crew members on Bowyer's side went over to Gordon and his crew members, getting in their faces and physically pushing them. Bowyer is seen after, on camera, dashing to Gordon's trailer.
Following the race, Bowyer dropped to fourth place, 52 points behind Brad Keselowski, the leader in the Chase to the Sprint Cup. Jimmie Johnson remains in second place, followed by Kasey Kahne with just one final race at Homestead Speedway in Miami.
Michael Waltrip Racing, Bowyer's team issued the following statements on November 12.
"The goal of Michael Waltrip Racing is to be a championship-level organization both on and off the track," the statement read. "The on-track incident which occurred during Sundays NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway was extremely disappointing and brought raw emotions of a long and hard championship battle to the surface. Though we generally cannot control certain actions on the track, the unfortunate reactions off the track Sunday did not live up to the professional standards in which Michael Waltrip Racing expects all of its representatives to live by."