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  • Nov 12th 2012 at 12:43PM
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup always gets a little more exciting this time of year as it prepares to name its champion at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but racers Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer made sure there was a little extra action at the penultimate race over the weekend in Phoenix. Looking like a mix of a demolition derby and a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) brawl, Gordon and Bowyer traded paint a few times during the race before members of their pits crews traded blows.

Following a few frustrating run-ins with Bowyer during the year (including one earlier in the race that sent him back to 20th place), Gordon appeared to get even with Bowyer by slowing down and purposefully clipping his rear fender as he passed, sending both cars up into the wall. After Gordon got out of his car, a ruckus ensued between pit crews of both teams. Gordon was quickly removed from the fight and can be seen at the bottom of the image below being ushered away. ESPN said it's too early to speculate on punishments for either driver or anyone from their respective teams, but the report did point out that Kyle Busch was suspended for intentionally causing an accident last year.

At the time, Bowyer was in third place in the Chase for the Championship, just 28 points behind leader Brad Keselowski with just two laps and one race to go, but the crash with Gordon all but knocked him out of the championship race, dropping him to fourth place, 52 points behind the lead. The crash happened right in front Keselowski, who managed to squeeze through the melee, but Joey Logano and Aric Almirola were not as fortunate.

Scroll down to watch ESPN video footage of the ensuing chaos both on- and off the track.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Just givin what the fans want.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The pretext of a dying sport. Time to stick a fork in NASCAR. Get back to true stock car racing!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nascar is so low !!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slap fight!
      • 2 Years Ago
      About time. More. Faster.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looked like a Hockey game almost broke out! haha
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should let the drivers cut old school style WWE promos like Ric Flair, WOOOO!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Would love to see Paul Bearer talking up Jeff Gordon while he stands behind nodding.
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR = Not Another Slow Crappy Auto Race. So boring, downvote me, but watching cars drive in circles for 3 hours is boring. The drivers have a lot of skill level though, all traction is mechanical, so they have to slide through corners, brakes are really just for show, no telemetry data, bad road surface conditions. Highly skilled professionals doing laps out there, but just boring to watch.
      • 2 Years Ago
        AJ Harnak
        • 2 Years Ago
        You, sir, are unique. You're the first person I've encountered that I disagree with on literally every subject. Bravo.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bunch of stupid redneck, country hicks, Gordon really isn't that much of a hick compared to the rest. Prime example of why I hate NASCAR.
        Mike M
        • 2 Years Ago
        I actually enjoyed this, I dont know why. I will watch the last race of the season because of this......... if both drivers are racing on Sunday.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If not for this fight, I would not even have know NASCAR still existed. Oh well, a lot more exciting than their races, and as far as fights go, where was it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably acting under orders from nastycar, sells more tickets.
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