Jeff Gordon fights driver Clint Bowyer after wreck

By Jon Hall,

Tempers flared during Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. After Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked his car into rival Clint Bowyer's car, issues reached a boiling point, resulting in a physical altercation.

According to USA Today, Gordon's move took both cars out of the race. After returning to his garage, Gordon was confronted by a disgruntled Bowyer.

"It's just things have gotten escalated over the year, and I've just had it," Gordon said. "Clint's 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 and was fed up with it and got him back."

"It's pretty embarrassing for a four-time champion and what I consider one of the best the sports ever seen to act like that, it's completely ridiculous," said Bowyer. He added that the move "makes us look like a bunch of (idiots)."

Gordon's pit crew was involved in the incident, however, the move was to create separation, according to Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson.

"The crew thing is between Jeff and Clint and not those team members," he said. "My instructions to the guys was just, 'Don't let anybody get to Jeff.' And that's what that's about. We're going to protect him and stand behind him at all costs. Those guys obviously have tempers running high as are ours, and that's what happens."

According to Fox News, other drivers were impacted by the deliberate crash, such as championship contender Brad Keselowski. The wreck also caused a second wreck between Aric Almirola and Joey Logano.

NASCAR officials have interviewed both drivers and crews. There is no word on any disciplinary actions yet.

Check out a video of the fight below.

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