NASCAR fighters brawled at the end of the Texas 500 Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway, and though it’s unclear what touched off this melee, Jeff Gordon got the worst of it, as he walked away with a cut lip that was bloodied. It looked as if Kevin Harvick – who finished second in the race – pushed Brad Keselowski, and then mayhem erupted. Surely the combatants will have something to say about it shortly.
Jimmie Johnson won the race.
[UPDATE: Gordon apparently took exception to something that he perceived Keselowski did intentionally during the race. Fox Sports’ Tom Jensen described what happened between the two drivers on the track: “On the restart, Gordon chose the highline and had contact with Keselowski, which gave him a flat tire and sent him spinning.”
That led to a green-white-checkered finish, which helped Johnson secure the victory. Keselowski wound up finishing third in the race, whereas Gordon finished all the way back at No. 29.]
Matt Kenseth attacked Brad Keselowksi from behind like a predator following a race. Keselowski had knocked Kenseth into a wall after a restart.
You gotta love NASCAR.
Keselowski was also rammed by Tony Stewart, who ran over and killed another driver during a dirt track race in August.
Tony Stewart will not be indicted by an Ontario County (NY) grand jury in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. Stewart’s vehicle struck Ward after Ward exited his own vehicle on the track and walked toward the middle of the race track at Canandaigua Motor Speedway on August 9, 2014.
The full statement from the Ontario County District Attorney can be seen here.
In addition, the D.A. said that Kevin Ward, Jr. was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, according to Jim Utter. It was enough to, in the words of the D.A., “impair judgment.”
The grand jury ultimately absolved Stewart, although the specifics of the case are likely to be debated by racing observers for many years to come.
With potential criminal charges no longer hanging over the three-time Sprint Cup champion’s head, he will now focus on finishing the 2014 season.
Veteran NASCAR star Tony Stewart will return to competition for his first race since he was involved in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.
NASCAR on NBC had an official statement statement from Stewart-Haas Racing:
Meanwhile, the 43-year-old NASCAR superstar will move forward with his career and attempt to salvage his season.
Stewart, who has 48 career Cup wins in 542 starts, is one of the biggest stars in the garage. His peers have been protective of him as questions emerged in the aftermath of the crash, and it pained them that Stewart was grieving in private and had cut off communication with so many of them. He will talk to the media for the first time since the fatal crash on Friday.
Stewart will be behind the wheel for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Konstantin Tereshchenko is a 20-year old Russian race car driver. During a Spa-Francorchamps practice run at the Beglian Grand Prix his car went airborne. Somehow, amazingly, Tereshchenko walked away from the crash after the car landed upside down, flipped and caught fire.