NASCAR brawl overshadows Sprint Cup race

November 12, 2012

Rubbin’ may be racin’ but so, evidently, is shovin’ and fightin’.

Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer took their duel from the track to the pit Sunday, as a massive brawl erupted at the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The two had bumped on the 305th lap, then Gordon forced Bowyer into the wall, which took out Joey Lagano and stopped the race. And started the awesome brawl.


It’s always fun until the cops arrive and break things up. (Tyler Barrick / Getty Images)

Gordon and a member of Bowyer’s crew initiated the fisticuffs, both crews got involved and then Bowyer got out of his car and sprinted to the trailer area spoiling for a fight.

“Things just got escalated over the year, and I’d just had it,” Gordon said. “Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me, and he got into me on the back straightaway and pretty much ruined our day. I’ve had it, fed up with it and I got him back.”

Bowyer fired back: “It’s pretty embarrassing,” he said. “For a four-time champion, and what I consider one of the best this sport’s ever seen to act like this is pretty ridiculous.”

Get ready for the next round Sunday in the NASCAR season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway. Oh, and Kevin Harvick won the race Sunday and Brad Keselowski took the Sprint Cup Chase lead.

(Great video, especially when the color guy says, “Conflict!” Ear-muffs warning for the video below, which contains a profanity.)

Maybe what NASCAR needs is more of this kind of action, if it can get Danica Patrick involved. Certainly Harvick wasn’t complaining. “The sport was made on fights. We should have more fights. I like fights,” Harvick said, echoing just about everybody. “They’re not always fun to be in, sometimes you’re on the wrong end, but fights are what made NASCAR what it is.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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