Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/17/12
Jeff-gordon-waits-qualify
The second-to-last race of the year was held at Talladega, I mean Phoenix, last week, and a jolly sight it was. One part NASCAR, two parts World Wrestling Federation, and three parts drama, Arizona finally emerged as a worthy home of a closing round of the title battle. As many commentators have pointed out, the overall bottom line–the championship battle between Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski–was in large part overshadowed by the group smackdown between Jeff Gordon & Co. and Clint Bower & Associates. Now, two brawls percolate as the series hits the final weekend in Homestead; one is psychological between cranial wheelman and title fighters Johnson and Keselowski, and the other brawl is quite physical, between Gordon and Bowyer and their cronies, er, crews. Will Homestead feature a title fight, you know, the type in a boxing ring? Just at 190MPH? Luke: Something is bound to happen this weekend at Homestead. I’m not sure what, but something big is going to go down. My personal preference would be for Keselowski to somehow run into trouble and for Johnson to win a sixth title, but that’s not exactly the question at hand. Rather, it has to do with the fact that Gordon and Bowyer are apparently still not on speaking terms, other than perhaps communicating with their bumpers on the track. This situation is far from resolved, and remember, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola were also wrecked at Phoenix as a result of Gordon’s action, which had neither of those drivers in a particularly happy mood. Gordon even managed to mess up an apology to Logano during the week. As Logano said, it was he that first reached out to Gordon, and it ended with Gordon hanging up on him. The plot thickens. Odds of the gloves coming off on Sunday? Very high. And as we know from years past (remember Tony Stewart and Juan Montoya from a few years ago?) the season finale can be a perfect time for bad fruit from the entire season to ripen into a stinky mess for drivers who have allowed grudges to fester. If you’ve laid any bad eggs in the last 35 races, be prepared for angry chickens to come home to roost. Or to put it another way…nah, I think that’s enough for one column. In sum, the likelihood of NASCAR landing first on SportsCenter for a continuation of last week’s, er, incident, receives a solid green flag. Have at it, boys! Sam: To be sure, the forecast is looking very red, with thunderstorms brewing on and around the track over the weekend, if you get the drift. Johnson and Keselowski are in ring number one. Unfortunately for fans seeking a weekend fight, that battle regards track speed and psychological stress; no fisticuffs are going to be had anytime soon. The other war is headed up by Gordon and Bowyer, and it will start, most likely, on track in practice before the green flag has a chance to drop on Sunday. After Gordon finally had his fill of apparent rough driving from Bowyer throughout the 2012 season, Gordon let his wrath spill over by taking out Bowyer late in the Phoenix race. Bowyer’s crew chief subsequently swore that vengeance was team 15′s and did everything but proclaim from atop the pitbox that team 24 had it coming, and soon at that. With both drivers out of title contention and still hot under the collar, ESPN has probably already alerted their cameramen to whip all cameras over to Gordon and Bowyer if they are within 50 yards of each other on the track. Or off of it. Will Homestead host a title fight or a boxing match? Perhaps some mixed martial arts? Heck, there might even be two rings; choose your fight! The answer receives a checkered flag, if only because some drivers are seeing red. Final analysis: It’s a checkered flag for boxing enthusiasts hoping to see a race a Homestead-Miami. Wait, was that supposed to be the other way around? The post NASCAR Bonus Points: Will we see Gordon vs. Bowyer round two at Homestead? appeared first on Race Review Online.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

A-Rod, Yankees, union in talks to donate HR bonus to charity

Dez Bryant, Cowboys reportedly on verge of contract extension

Report: Braxton Miller to reveal 'immediate plans' next week

Kobe responds to Aldridge report with funny meme

One pitch away: Carrasco loses no-hitter in bottom of the 9th

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

England loses World Cup semifinal to Japan in heartbreaking fashion

Braxton Miller had 'successful' check-up visit

Raptors signing Carroll is shrewdest move of free agency

Report: Los Angeles Clippers will sign Paul Pierce

With Kevin Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Aldridge crosses Lakers off list, did not mesh well with Kobe

Holes-in-one at PGA Tour event means $100 in fans' pockets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

David West explains why he opted out of Pacers contract

Warriors, Draymond Green agree to 5-year, $85 million deal

Twins call up top prospect Miguel Sano

Robert Griffin III speaks at UN to advocate for protecting oceans

Cavaliers re-sign Iman Shumpert to four-year contract

Mike Green is joining the Red Wings on a three-year deal

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans until 2020

ESPN denies censoring Keith Olbermann commentary

The best and worst MLB players in the month of June

Report: Lakers didn’t make strong impression on Aldridge

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.