The last few races of the season are a championship battle, yes, but for drivers out of the hunt for the Sprint Cup, they're the equivalent of your final few days of school: you've got scores to settle before the big break. And Brian Vickers, clearly still seething about his wreck-happy day at Martinsville and the punishment Matt Kenseth delivered there, apparently decided to keep the party going on Sunday at Phoenix.
Late in the race, with Kenseth neither a Chase competitor nor a factor in the race, Vickers decided to plow straight into Kenseth's rear bumper, sending him straight to pit road for lengthy repairs.
Vickers apparently claimed over the radio that Kenseth had slowed up on the straightaway, and Kenseth's own comments backed that up: "I was out of brakes, and I was up on everybody," he said. "I saw [Vickers] coming and I lifted [off the throttle] at least 10 car lengths before where I would normally lift. And he drove in there at 165 miles per hour and cleaned us out."