Fireworks and fists fly at Phoenix

Police break up fights in the garage area after an on-track incident with Clint Bowyer (not pictured), driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, and Jeff Gordon (not pictured), driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

Fenders were crunched and fists flew in a wild finish to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. Late race contact with Clint Bowyer sent Jeff Gordon into the wall; Gordon exacted payback on Bowyer a few laps later sending both cars into the garage. It ended with crews rioting in the garage area and a 15 minute red flag on the track.

The big story of the day should have been the crash for point’s leader Jimmie Johnson. Johnson lost a right front tire on lap 235 exiting turn four sending his Chevy into the wall followed by a trip to the garage. He would lose his point’s lead to Brad Keselowski who is now firmly in control of the championship with one race to go.

The bigger story however was the simmering feud between Gordon and Bowyer that came to a head on lap 312.  Seven laps earlier Gordon and Bowyer made contact that sent Gordon into the wall. Gordon was able to continue, but bided his time. Five laps later Gordon, was able to exact his revenge when he turned down into Bowyer sending both cars and sweeping up Joey Logano, into the wall.  All cars were able to leave the scene but were done for the day. MORE>>>

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