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Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman exchange words after Dover finish

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DOVER, Del. — Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman got into a brief exchange on pit road at Dover International Speedway following the Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil. 

Gordon, who spent the race on the No. 24 pit box of race runner-up Chase Elliott, said in passing to Newman, “thanks for the help,” seemingly in reference to Newman not letting then-race leader Elliott by in the closing laps of the race as the driver of the No. 31 fought to stay on the lead lap with his playoff hopes on the line.

Kyle Busch passed Elliott for the final lead change just before the white flag dropped.

Newman quizzically asked Gordon, “You don’t think I was racing for my own position? Just watch what you say, man. You said it as a smartass.”

Gordon denied any malice, and it appears the two talked it out after.

The Richard Childress Racing driver was fighting to advance to the Round of 12 but came up two points short to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the final transfer spot.