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Jeff Gordon's been angry at Clint Bowyer for seven months

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10:56 AM ET 11.17 | When Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon made contact in the closing laps at Phoenix, Gordon was overcome by a grudge he???d been carrying at least seven months. The four-time NASCAR champion retaliated by intentionally wrecking Bowyer, triggering a garage-area melee. He???d been angry with Bowyer since Martinsville in April, when Bowyer played a role in costing Hendrick Motorsports its 200th victory. The race had been dominated that day by Gordon and Johnson, and a late caution had set up a restart with the teammates lined up side-by-side at the front. Bowyer re-started in the second row, on new tires, and got a shove from behind from Ryan Newman. He dove to the inside of Gordon and Johnson, made contact, and all three wrecked. It was a crushing defeat for the Hendrick camp, which was moments away from celebrating a historic victory at Martinsville, site of some of the team???s most significant triumphs and its most heartbreaking tragedy.

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Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Tom Pennington/Getty Images Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Tom Pennington/Getty Images
November 17, 2012  11:44 AM ET

it is ridiculous to carry a grudge this long.....look at what it cost them both.....who won?...no one did.

November 17, 2012  11:47 AM ET

and wasn't it the 39 that bumped into Bowyer and that was the real cause?.

November 17, 2012  03:11 PM ET

hopefully this topic will be put to rest SOON.... LOL

November 17, 2012  05:19 PM ET

i see steve letarte is doing double duty this weekend.. crew chief of regan smith in the JRM nationwide 5 car

November 17, 2012  07:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

i see steve letarte is doing double duty this weekend.. crew chief of regan smith in the JRM nationwide 5 car

winning!

November 17, 2012  10:36 PM ET

I agree Little E -let's let this one go--and maybe-just maybe we will be talking about Clint putting Jeff in the wall tomorrrow...What do you all think...

November 18, 2012  08:40 AM ET

As you can see, this is the most publicity that Nascar has received this year. If JJ don't win his 6th, it will be a bleak off season.

November 18, 2012  08:54 AM ET

OLD NEWS.. but that Fannation's T&R Nascar section for ya.. I expect nothing less.. this thread will be like the Golf thread here shortly.. that thread hasn't been updated in almost 3 weeks

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November 18, 2012  03:57 PM ET

Nascar has never had a "Doofus" for champ. And he spouts the mantra so well. Bleak for me.

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November 19, 2012  12:19 AM ET

So glad to see a new first time champion.........well done Brad, team #2 and Penske.

November 19, 2012  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

So glad to see a new first time champion.........well done Brad, team #2 and Penske.

And Bowyer finished second - exactly where he would have finished without the Gordon altercation.

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November 30, 2012  10:09 AM ET

JEFF "DALE SR. WANT-A-BE" HAS BEEN WRECKING DRIVERS TO WIN SINCE HE WAS A ROOKIE. NO REAL NASCAR FAN,,,THOSE PRE 90'S , (BEFORE ALL THE FLUFF CROWD JUMPED ON HIS BANDWAGON AND BECAME INSTANT NASCAR FAN'S) KNOW GORDON IS A HYPOCRITE. HE WOULD , AS THE GREAT YARBROUGH WOULD SAY. WRECK HIS MOTHER IF IT MENT WINNING, HE IS THE BIGGEST CRY BABY EVER....NOW THAT HE IS ONE OF THE OLD GUARD , SINCE ALL GREATS ARE RETIRED, HE GETS REPECT, BUT ASK ANYONE WHO RACED IN 70'S 80'S AND THEY WILL SAY HE DESERVES TO GET WRECKED EVERYTIME HE GETS ON TRACK,,, NOW THAT WOULD MAKE FOR GREAT RACING AND A RATING BONANZA,,, SIGNED.. GORDON I OWE YOU,BUT HAD TOO MUCH CLASS TO TAKE YOU OUT , SINCERELY, RUSTY

November 30, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

And Bowyer finished second - exactly where he would have finished without the Gordon altercation.

#2 WHERE IT BELONG'S AND WOULD WOULD HAVE BEEN SOONER IF NOT FOR CRASH GORDON,

November 30, 2012  10:13 AM ET

OPP'S MEANT TO QOUTE #12

November 30, 2012  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

JEFF "DALE SR. WANT-A-BE" HAS BEEN WRECKING DRIVERS TO WIN SINCE HE WAS A ROOKIE. NO REAL NASCAR FAN,,,THOSE PRE 90'S , (BEFORE ALL THE FLUFF CROWD JUMPED ON HIS BANDWAGON AND BECAME INSTANT NASCAR FAN'S) KNOW GORDON IS A HYPOCRITE. HE WOULD , AS THE GREAT YARBROUGH WOULD SAY. WRECK HIS MOTHER IF IT MENT WINNING, HE IS THE BIGGEST CRY BABY EVER....NOW THAT HE IS ONE OF THE OLD GUARD , SINCE ALL GREATS ARE RETIRED, HE GETS REPECT, BUT ASK ANYONE WHO RACED IN 70'S 80'S AND THEY WILL SAY HE DESERVES TO GET WRECKED EVERYTIME HE GETS ON TRACK,,, NOW THAT WOULD MAKE FOR GREAT RACING AND A RATING BONANZA,,, SIGNED.. GORDON I OWE YOU,BUT HAD TOO MUCH CLASS TO TAKE YOU OUT , SINCERELY, RUSTY

Looks like ,,,,,,,SLY,,,,, is making new accounts today!,,,,

December 4, 2012  07:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

#2 WHERE IT BELONG'S AND WOULD WOULD HAVE BEEN SOONER IF NOT FOR CRASH GORDON,

rusty....just go away....or sit in your momma's lap so you can reach and deactivate the CAPSLOCK

 
December 13, 2012  10:24 PM ET

A month later now and after the awards and media hype and they are still not speaking....maybe this could run into next year afterall.

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