NASCAR's top five post-race scuffles

April 28, 2014, Pat DeCola,

The Mears/Ambrose bout got us thinking about which NASCAR fights stand out

Any time there's a post-race scuffle at a NASCAR race of any level, it always brings to mind a series of memorable dust-ups that have occurred throughout the rich history of a sport that lends itself to some -- ahem -- heated "discussions."

Thanks to the efforts of Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose at Richmond International Raceway this past Saturday night, it brought a whirlwind of hot tempers, shoves and punches all rushing back into our minds.

Here are some of our favorites at

5. Lake Speed vs. Michael Waltrip, Michigan International Speedway (1995)

In-race tension between Michael Waltrip and Lake Speed boiled over after the finish, with Waltrip blocking Speed's car in the pits so they could hash things out. Shortly after, Waltrip got out of his car, pulled down Speed's window net and punched him, all in front of a live television audience. The incident resulted in a $10,000 fine for Waltrip and one amazing clip destined for repeat viewings.

4. Joey Logano vs. Tony Stewart, Auto Club Speedway (2013)

In this mix-up last year between two of the biggest names in the sport, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart fought in the moments immediately following the Auto Club 400 after Logano blocked Stewart on the final restart. Logano didn't make too many friends at this race, as shortly after blocking Stewart he and Denny Hamlin got into it on the final lap, wrecking each other and injuring Hamlin's back.

3. Clint Bowyer and crew vs. Jeff Gordon and crew, Phoenix International Raceway (2012)

One of the biggest brawls -- in size and in impact -- came just a couple of years ago at Phoenix after Jeff Gordon got into Clint Bowyer to relegate the Michael Waltrip Racing driver to a 28th-place finish and effectively end his championship hopes, one race before the finale. You may recall the vivid image of Bowyer sprinting across the garage area to get to Gordon before being stopped by an official at Gordon's hauler.  But that didn't stop the two sets of crews from doing battle in the garage, which ended up as one giant mob of fists of fury.

2. Casey Mears vs. Marcos Ambrose, Richmond International Raceway (2014)

The newest addition to the list, Casey Mears's face was the unfortunate recipient of a punch from the fist of Marcos Ambrose after the Toyota Owners 400. According to a release from Mears' Geico Racing team, the altercation stemmed from contact on a late restart. With just 18 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Mears and his GEICO machine restarted the race from the 16th position and began charging forward before the No. 9 car of Marcos Ambrose made contact and caused front fender damage that resulted in a tire rub.

1. Cale Yarborough vs. Bobby Allison and Donnie Allison, Daytona International Speedway (1979)

Perhaps the most famous NASCAR fight of all, back and forth bumping between Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough on the final lap of the Daytona 500 led to both cars sliding down the banking and coming to rest in the infield. NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison stopped at the scene to help out his brother, who'd begun to argue with Yarborough after the duo both emerged from their vehicles heated. A two-on-one fight ensued and history was made.