Two car racing drivers – Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski – were at the center of a massive brawl at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Sunday.
It is rare for professional stock car racing to see physical altercations between its competitors, as they fight their battles on the racing tracks and with their automobiles. But tempers flared at the conclusion of the 2014 AAA Texas 500 when Gordon confronted Keselowski for slamming into his car with just two laps to go – a maneuver that cost him a potential win.
Both the drivers were competing with eventual winner Jimmie Johnson when the accident took place. As a result, Gordon's car was sent spinning, and he finished 29th – a far cry from the podium finish he would have earned sans the accident. On the other hand, with Gordon out of the way, Keselowski finished third.
It upset Gordon, who at the end of the race approached Keselowski and hurled some nasty words at him. It didn't take long for things to get physical, and soon their crews had gotten involved in the fracas, too. As if that wasn't enough, staff from other drivers' teams jumped in on the action as well, creating scenes that are more common in wrestling than racing.
After the melee broke up, Gordon talked with ESPN about his foe, saying: "He's just a dip---. The way he races, I don't know how he ever won a championship and I'm just sick and tired of it.”
"The kid is doing stuff way over his head. That stuff is uncalled for. You are racing for a win and a championship. You don't go slamming someone and cut their left-rear tire. If that's what it takes, no problem, I can do the same thing to him."
Keselowski, who has a bit of a reputation of resorting to unfair means to gain advantage over his opponents, defended his actions.
“If you leave a hole you're supposed to go for it," he said. "It closed up and we made contact. I didn't want to ruin anyone's day, I wanted to win the race and that was our opportunity."