NASCAR drivers “Not taking any BS” at Sonoma Raceway
Back in 2019, Michael McDowell and Daniel Suarez were involved in a fight at Phoenix Raceway. That incident stemmed from NASCAR group qualifying where each driver was looking for clean race track to set a fast lap.
Watch the video of the Sonoma retaliation below.
On Sunday at Sonoma, the two drivers made contact in the esses of turn 8 with two laps to go. The No. 99 of Daniel Suarez was sent off the road course and into the dirt.
Moments later, the No. 88 of Alex Bowman shoved McDowell in the dirt, in similar fashion. As McDowell gathered it back up he was suddenly Suarez was able to catch McDowell.
On the last lap, Suarez ran down the rear bumper of the No. 34 of McDowell. Suarez drove it deep into the final corner of turn 11. He reached the bumper of McDowell and dumped him in retaliation.
On pit road after the checkered flag, all three drivers gathered to talk it out on pit road. Opinions have continued to be voiced via twitter throughout the week…
Drivers comment after the race
“What a joke. Sorry, boys. Got crashed,” McDowell said via his team radio.
“Gutted. Got spun in the final corner of the last lap, costing us a Top-10 finish,” McDowell tweeted. “I really hate it for our partners at @LovesTravelStop. Ready to rebound with them next weekend at @TXMotorSpeedway.”
“Well, super unfortunate what happened there at the end while running 8th coming to the white flag. Bumper cars didn’t work out there on the last lap. Had another top 10 going but didn’t finish it out.
Suarez tweeted a video of the incident, “For those wondering what happened with the 34 on the last lap… not taking BS here.”
“Came up just shy of a top 10, bringing the @CommScope Camaro across the line P12. Solid day for the entire team,” the Trackhouse Racing account posted to Twitter.
“Ya, we came close too..,” McDowell’s Front Row Motorsports stated in response.,
Trackhouse replied, “There’s always 2 sides to each story.”