AVONDALE, Ariz. -- NASCAR officials say it's too early to predict whether drivers or crew members will be suspended for being involved in fights following a wreck between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer late in Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway.
"It's Sunday night," vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said after meeting with drivers and crew members from both teams. "Your best decisions are made sometime after Sunday night, maybe potentially Monday or Tuesday."
NASCAR met with Gordon, Bowyer and others in the NASCAR hauler after the race to discuss what happened on the track and off it.
On the track, according to Bowyer and his spotter, Gordon held up to wreck him. He said it was "pretty embarrassing for a four-time champion and what I consider one of the best this sport's ever seen ... to act like that is just completely ridiculous."
Gordon said his response was an accumulation of frustration from incidents throughout the year, beginning when Bowyer wrecked him and teammate Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville.
"Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me, and he got into me on the back straightaway and pretty much ruined our day," Gordon said. "I've had it, fed up with it, and I got him back."
The incident escalated on pit road, first with members of Bowyer's team physically going after Gordon and his crew members. Bowyer then sprinted to the garage to take on members of Gordon's crew at the No. 24 hauler.
"There's a lot of things to shift through on and off the racetrack," Pemberton said. "We'll continue to talk and work things out amongst the teams. We'll continue to try to get everybody back calmed down and get it back to a good working situation for everybody."
Bowyer didn't rule out retaliating against Gordon in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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