AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick won a heated, chaotic NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday after a spree of crashes that included a wreck that seriously damaged Jimmie Johnson's bid for a sixth Sprint Cup Series title.
But it was Jeff Gordon's crash with Clint Bowyer, which Bowyer's car co-owner Michael Waltrip said was intentional, that sparked a wild brawl between the drivers' crew members, first on pit road and then in the garage.
Gordon's Chevrolet had hit the wall after making contact with Bowyer's Toyota, then Gordon crashed into Bowyer in apparent retaliation, triggering the melee.
Bowyer was so furious that he ran from the crew members' scrum on pit road to the garage, where tried to enter Gordon's transporter. But he was held back by NASCAR officials.