Years after the incident that resulted in a pit road brawl, Gordon takes fault
Back in 2014, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson nearly ran three wide on a green-white-checkered into turn one as they battled for a race win. Keselowski saw a gap and began to fill it.
Relive the on-track contact and the fight that followed below.
Gordon went to block the gap. The two drivers made contact and Gordon eventually blew out a left rear tire from the impact.
After the race, Gordon packed alongside Keselowski on pit road. He climbed from his machine and walked right to the driver’s side of the #2 to find Keselowski.
Kevin Harvick had a front row seat as he leaned against the rear spoiler of Keselowski’s machine. Just as the conversation stalled between the two drivers, Harvick stepped in and pushed Keselowski toward Gordon.
At that moment, Gordon started reaching through Team Penske crew members to try and grab a hold of Keselowski.
Full chaos broke out. Both teams were full send in a huge pile on the pit lane. Other teammate teams also joined in. Keselowski and Gordon were both swallowed by the pile.
When the drivers resurfaced, each had blood on their faces. And close to 10 years later, Gordon is sharing a different side of the altercation…
Years later, Jeff Gordon takes fault for the incident
“I definitely would have done Texas 2014 over,” Jeff Gordon reflected on the incident via Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“I told Brad Keselowski this. It took me a little while to admit this to him. But, I missed the restart.”
“We had multiple restarts. We had a couple restarts prior to that and I nailed them and was in a great spot to win the race.”
“Then, that last one came out, thank you Clint [Bowyer]. Honestly, it was on me, I missed the restart. He did exactly what he should have done, he filled the gap.”
“It’s not like he slammed me. He’s filling a gap and I’m trying to block the gap.”
“That was me mainly just really angry about the situation. And also angry at myself.”
Gordon retired from the sport following the 2016 season after 25 years in the sport. He collected 93 wins and 4 championships.
“There’s a bunch of things like that. 93 wins, okay, that’s amazing. Could it have been 100? Maybe?”