Shocking video shows NASCAR millionaires in childish brawl after driver deliberately crashes into rival and sparks sport's biggest ever fight

By John Clarke

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A long-running feud between two NASCAR race car drivers came to the boil on Sunday night after an intentional wreck triggered one of the biggest brawls the racing world has ever seen.

It started with seven laps left, when Clint Bowyer made contact with NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon, sending him into the wall. Mr Gordon responded by cutting off Mr Boyer, casing the two cars and another to wreck and be disqualified.

'Things just escalated over the year and I'd just had it,' Mr 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 got him back.'

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Fight: NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordan and Clint Bowyer took their tempers to the last extent on the race track Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway

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The Wreck: This wreck is what triggered a massive brawl between race car crew members and drivers

After the wreck, Mr Gordon pulled his car off the track and was headed toward his trailer when Mr Bowyer's team stormed over to him.

 

One of Mr Bowyer's crew members grabbed Gordon from behind, prompting his crew members to join the fracas.

The subsequent brawl involved about two dozen people, with members of both teams pushing and shoving each other, some of them on the ground, while security tried to break it up.

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Aftermath: NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon collects himself after the wreck

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Angry: Driver Clint Bowyer exiting his car after the wreck

Just as the excitement seemed over, Mr Boyer made a break-away dash through the crowd of fans and crew looking for another round with Mr Gordon.

He was finally stopped by NASCAR officials.

He said after the incident he was 'fed up' with Mr Bowyer, and had to take a stand Sunday and would wait to see how NASCAR responded.

'They've got to do what they've got to do, and I guess I had to do what I had to do,' he said.

'It makes us all look like a bunch of retards,' Bowyer said. 'It's pretty embarrassing. 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.'

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Tempers: Meanwhile, crew members of Mr Gordon's and Mr Bowyer's team begin to brawl

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Dash: Mr Bowyer takes the opportunity to slip away from the crowd and pursue Mr Gordon

NASCAR fined Mr Gordon $100,000 for intentionally causing a wreck.

'Cowardly, chicken, unbelievable that a champion, a guy that's raced for championships would get involved in a fight for a championship,' said Michael Waltrip, who co-owns Mr Bowyer's race car.

'Clint didn't do anything wrong. They rubbed on the back straightaway. I guess if that constitutes slowing down and purposely waiting for a guy trying to win a championship, then how am I supposed to know what's to be expected around here.'

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Stoppped: Mr Bowyer is stopped by NASCAR official;s at the door to his rival's trailer door

'I've always respected Jeff for standing his ground,' said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports team. 'We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur.'

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton considered the matter closed after issuing the penalties.

'There's no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play,' he said.

'We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them.'

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As a Brit, this all seems a bit like Days Of Thunder

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This was all contrived by nascar. They can not fill the seats at the track anymore due to the favoritism showed some drivers like Johnson, Earnheart Jr. or Patrick. If this was real life and one of the Busch brothers or Harvick was involved Nascar would ban them for a year. I used to go all the time now I don't even watch it on TV.

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Double standard, especially when it comes to anything involving Jeff Gordon. If Jeff showed emotion in victory lane, he's a baby. If he doesn't fight back (and for years he didn't) he's a sissy. - Arielle , USA, United States I always thought there was just local persecution of Gordon because he bailed on NC for state-tax free Florida. I mean, around here, you can't even admit you are a fan. It's all about "Junior." When my hubby and I first looked into moving to Charlotte, we made a couple of trips to look at houses. And on one of those trips, while looking at houses in the Lake Norman area, we came across Jeff and Brooke (15 yrs ago) in Food Lion. We weren't fans. Nascar wasn't very big in Raleigh and Durham, where my husband and I went to college, and we were both from out of state. But we did recognize him, and he was extremely friendly. She was a "rhymes with witch." I'm glad he stood up for himself. Like you said, if he didn't, he would have been considered a "sissy."

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Juan Pablo Montoya won and wins, now be quiet. - GeminiMind , Chicago, 13/11/2012 18:19///////////////////////////////////////...Kevin Harvick won...Bakersfield boy. WHOOT!

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F1 is back in the USA and the race just happens to be at the same time as the NASCAR season finale. - Allie , St Helier, 13/11/2012 22:19 Not to worry, Allie. The US Grand Prix is at 1:00pm (CST) and the final NASCAR race starts at 2:15pm (CST). I, for one, will only watch the local home town race.

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hahahaha...rednecks!! All of you red arrowing any of us calling out this redneck sport...oh well...cry is a river! Now red arrow away!

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How quickly people forget that drivers like Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart did stupid stuff like this frequently and were glorified for it. Earnhardt got his name the "Intimidator" for a reason- just ask guys like Terry Labonte. Stewart, for a good while in his career, threw tantrums like this both on and off the track, even going after reporters. Both were/are considered heroes, "real" men. What they did was every bit as stupid and dangerous as what Gordon and Bowyer (who's been pushing it all year), and Bowyer's crew did, but Gordon and Bowyer are slammed for it. Double standard, especially when it comes to anything involving Jeff Gordon. If Jeff showed emotion in victory lane, he's a baby. If he doesn't fight back (and for years he didn't) he's a sissy. Now this. Seriously, get a grip on what you expect of these drivers. If it's wrong for one, it should be wrong for all. NASCAR loves this stuff though, it brings attention to a sport that is slowly dying and it's their own fault.

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Get R Done!

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So now it's a childish brawl to defend yourself against someone trying to kill you with their car? - Ellie, Raleigh NC USA, 13/11/2012 21:54 Except it wasn't Clint who started it. It was his crew. Clint was still on the track when it all went down. Bernie Ecclestone must be going nuts - F1 is back in the USA and the race just happens to be at the same time as the NASCAR season finale. People will be watching the NASCAR race just to see what happens.

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So now it's a childish brawl to defend yourself against someone trying to kill you with their car?

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