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Wrecks, Brawl Highlight NASCAR Race at Phoenix

Sunday’s Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway had a little bit of everything: big wrecks, a tight green-white-checkered finish, even a brawl.  When it comes to the Chase standings, one missed turn means a big turn of events.

FOX News Radio’s Chris Hoenig recaps:

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With 77 laps to go and the race for the Sprint Cup as tight as ever…

(Race Call) “#48 is into the wall!”

Jimmie Johnson hit the wall in Turn 4 on ESPN, crashing out of the Chase lead.

(Johnson) “We still have to go to Homestead and race, and anything can happen down there.  But now the position we want to be in leaving Phoenix.”

That position is now 20 points behind Brad Keselowski, who’s not getting too far ahead of himself.

(Keselowski) “Obviously, there’s no guarantees.  We could go next week to Homestead, have the same problem and Jimmie takes the point lead back over.”

Kevin Harvick won the race, which also featured a brawl between crew members when Jeff Gordon wrecked Clint Bowyer in the final few laps.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.

Speaking of the brawl, it came with two laps left – the wreck caused the green-white-checkered finish.  Jeff Gordon’s crew isn’t deny he deliberately wrecked Clint Bowyer, whose crew took exception.

FOX News Radio’s Chris Hoenig has more:

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The rivalry between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer reached a head on ESPN.

(Race Call) “Oh, conflict!”

Gordon wrecked Bowyer in the final few laps, and when he got out of his car, Bowyer’s team was there to greet him.

(Gustafson) “If you’re gonna play that way, if you’re gonna race that way, then you shouldn’t be upset when you get it back.”

…Gordon’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, after the two drivers’ crews brawled in the garage area.  Gordon and his team later getting a police escort to a meeting with officials.

On the track, Kevin Harvick picked up the win, but Jimmie Johnson lost more than 30 laps after hitting the wall.  Brad Keselowski goes into the season finale at Homestead with a 20-point lead.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.




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