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.