Last Sunday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the Phoenix International Raceway Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer (and several others in the process) and now the four-time Cup Champion has publicly stated his regret for doing so.
Gordon says that he regrets making a “bad choice” which he was fined $100,000, docked 25 points and placed on probation by NASCAR for the remainder of the season for.
On Friday while at a news conference celebrating his 20 years with sponsor Dupont, Gordon said “I felt like Clint needed to be dealt with, but that wasn’t the right way to go about it.” Gordon also said that it was “certainly not the right time” to take the course of action which he did. Gordon then followed with “What I hate most was other guys were involved. I certainly look back on it and wish I had done things different.”
This was the first time this season the two veteran drivers traded vehicle paint with one another, back in April at Martinsville Bowyer wrecked both Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson in the final laps.
The wreck at Phoenix led to an all out brawl on the in filed between members of the two crews and even Bowyer wanted to get a shot at taking a swing or two at Gordon personally. Gordon said if given the opportunity to handle the situation differently, tried to make a top-15 finish in the race and “dealt with Clint at another time.”
One thing is for certain, all eyes will be on these two drivers along with Johnson and Brad Keselowski during this week’s final race of the season at Homestead to see if the first pair gets into anymore extra vehicular activities and the second pair to see who will claim the 2012 Cup Championship.