I’m not an intense follower of NASCAR, but today’s race at Phoenix caught my attention. Not for epic racing, but some ridiculous driver behavior. Four-time Cup champion, Jeff Gordon intentionally turned into Clint Bowyer to put him into the wall with two laps to go.
Granted, Bowyer was trying to low-side Gordon when there was plenty of space on the high side. Granted, Gordon and Bowyer have come together a few times during this season and Gordon had gotten fed up with it, but this debacle left me shaking my head.
I don’t care what the intentions were from Gordon or Bowyer. At the speeds that Sprint Cars are traveling at, there is NO place for on-track retaliation like this. The childish behavior of both drivers took out Joey Logano, and put the rest of the field at risk. Hapless race-victim, Logano put it best on Twitter after the race:
“When I was young I thought @JeffGordonWeb was the best driver. Now I’ve lost a lot of respect for him. #verydumb”
Well said, Joey. This was all just very dumb. Just stupid. The ensuing post-crash fight, which partly caused the race to be red-flagged had my mouth hanging open. It was just ridiculous.
Entertaining, but ridiculous.