Frank’s | By V. Joel Patel, Writer | Theresa Coates Ellis. Editor
After the race, Gordon pulled alongside Keselowski’s car on pit road, sprung out of his vehicle and confronted the Team Penske driver. The encounter between the two drivers quickly escalated as a physical brawl ensued between the drivers, as well as crewmen from both teams. Both drivers suffered cuts to their faces.
The on-track incident occurred on lap 332 of the 334-lap event as the caution flag came out for an accident involving Clint Bowyer. Gordon, the points leader heading into Texas, was in the lead, with Jimmie Johnson, Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate in second, and Keselowski in third on the restart.
Gordon chose the outside lane for the restart and ended up losing the lead to Johnson. Shortly after, Keselowski brushed Gordon’s left side causing a flat tire and the unavoidable spin.
Keselowski went on to finish in third and now stands seventh in points while Gordon finished 29th, moving him to fourth in points. Both drivers are fighting for one of four spots in the Championship Round of this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup at Homestead Miami Speedway. With this scuffle, Gordon becomes the second competitor in four races to confront the 2012 champion Keselowski.