Clint Bowyer furiously punches Ryan Newman after NASCAR All-Star Race
Warning: There is some NSFW language in this post.
Kyle Larson won NASCAR's All-Star Race and the $1 million prize Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the drama unfolded on pit road after it was all over.
As Larson was celebrating with a burnout, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman got into it during the cool-down lap on the 1.5-mile track. From there the action moved to pit road as the drivers began emerging from their cars.
With his helmet on, Bowyer charged hard at Newman, who was still in his car, and started vigorously throwing punches at the No. 6 Richard Childress Racing driver while he sat in his seat. An obviously angry Bowyer was eventually separated from Newman by both teams' crew members, as well as NASCAR officials.
Fireworks after the #AllStarRace checkered flag between @ClintBowyer and @RyanJNewman! pic.twitter.com/ciFkzAUKvy
FOX Sports' replay showed on the cool-down lap at the end of the race, Bowyer was driving just ahead Newman, who turned the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford into the outside of the track.
Clint Bowyer is NOT happy with Ryan Newman. pic.twitter.com/x2AeNS6ngV
After they were pulled apart, the two veteran drivers also exchanged some heated and NSFW words at each other, with NASCAR officials near them just in case. Warning: There is a whole lot of NSFW language in this video.
Some harsh nsfw words between Newman and Bowyer postrace: pic.twitter.com/A09QVR8eNJ
But as Jeff Gordon speculated during the broadcast, there was likely something else leading up to this tap and crash on the cool-down lap.
And at least from Newman's view, there was.
As Newman explained, he was not happy with the way Bowyer raced him, and he tapped Bowyer's bumper when the race was over to express his frustration. Newman also very astutely pointed out that it never makes a ton of sense to throw punches at someone wearing a helmet.
Here's what Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer each had to say. pic.twitter.com/4fBuwEZ7zE
Newman didn't hold back his criticism of Bowyer, saying:
"Doesn't take much of a man to try to fight somebody with a helmet on. I think he should be embarrassed of himself."
On the other side, Bowyer said he didn't know what Newman's problem was and explained he thought the No. 6 driver was a lap down during the race. He didn't like Newman's retaliation on the cool-down lap either:
"After the race, he comes and runs into my back and turns me all around, and I pull up next to him, and he dumps me into (Turn) 4. Where I come from, you get poked in the nose for that. What he got."
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