Hot Tempers In Hot 'Lanta, Too
Max Papis getting slapped by a driver's girlfriend after Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race wasn't the only incident of folks getting hot under the collar this weekend. There was plenty of that in Sunday night's AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway as well.
But the most heated disagreement was between Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards, each of whom nearly wrecked the other by putting on a 'slide job' in the corner, drifting up from the bottom of the track in front of the other in the top groove.
After the race, the two had a heated exchange on pit road, and although Gordon did not specifically address the incidents, Edwards talked about them at length.
"We don't agree on what happened and finally he got frustrated enough with the conversation that he just walked away, which might be smart," Edwards said of Gordon. "We were racing really early and he just slides on me and I thought it was really out of character for him and I didn't understand what was going on there, so I did everything I could to not wreck us both."
That, of course, precipitated payback.
"Naturally the next time we were around each other I raced him as hard as I could, and then going down the back straightaway I thought he just ran into my door and it kind of tore up our right side," said Edwards. "He thought I ran into him, so I think it was a case where both of us were mad at each other. He wasn't very happy with our conversation, but at the end of the day I felt like he was the aggressor and didn't give me much of an opportunity to drive my race car that first time."
That said, Edwards figured Sunday night's bad blood won't carry on next week at Richmond, especially given that Gordon is desperately fighting to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
"Whether or not Jeff and I agree, I do believe him that he didn't mean to run into me and I hope he understands I didn't mean to run into him there," Edwards said. "The rest of it was just hard racing. I don't think we'll see it any other way after tomorrow, but right now that was pretty frustrating so we'll see."