Homestead, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Jeff Gordon says he regrets letting his anger push him into wrecking Clint Bowyer on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
The four-time Sprint Cup champion was fined $100,000, docked 25 points and placed on probation for the remainder of the year.
The incident left Bowyer at a 28th-place and out of contention for the championship. The point loss dropped Gordon to 11th in the standings.
It also wrecked two other cars and led into a fight on pit road and the garage between members of Bowyer’s and Gordon’s teams.
Eventually a green-white-checkered finish was forced that led to more than a half-dozen other cars being wrecked before Kevin Harvick won.
Gordon blamed Bowyer for getting into him hard enough to force a tire to go down. Had the whole incident been avoided, Gordon said he could be racing this weekend to finish top five in points.
If he had to do it over again, Gordon said he would have waited for the caution, gotten fresh tires, raced for a top 15 spot and “dealt with Clint at another time.”
What he hated the most, he said, was that other guys were involved. But he added that it sent a message in general not to mess with him.