Clint Bowyer still isn't over his altercation with Jeff Gordon last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
He might not be for a long, long time.
Gordon laid in wait for Bowyer, who had slipped into the No. 24 car just laps before. On Lap 311, Gordon landed a blow to the No. 15 car and collected Joey Logano and Aric Almirola in the process. The implications of the wreck were nowhere near as costly for anyone else as for Bowyer, who was third in points entering the penultimate race of the season. Although Bowyer was battling a 36-point deficit, with Jimmie Johnson's early issues in the race, the opportunity existed to capitalize.
Instead, Bowyer left Phoenix fourth in points, 52 in arrears -- two points behind third-place Kasey Kahne. But he didn't stay down for long. Bowyer joined his good buddy, country singer Blake Shelton, in Los Angeles. It was the perfect medicine for what ailed the devastated driver.
"The best relief was to go to L.A. with Blake, 'cause you pretty much ...