An overtime clash for position spilled over into a heated post-race chat for Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
Jones got the better of Bowyer in the finishing order for the Digital Ally 400, taking third place behind race winner Brad Keselowski as Bowyer drove home fifth. But a blocking maneuver by Jones as the final lap began drew the ire of Bowyer, who pulled his No. 14 Ford alongside to brush Jones’ No. 20 Toyota on the cool-down lap.
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The cooling-down part was far from complete after the two pulled to pit road, and Bowyer made his complaints known beside Jones’ driver’s window.
“It’s just, what are you going to do? Turn him right in front of the field and hurt him?” Bowyer told FOX Sports post-race. “I mean, he puts you in a bad situation. I lifted for him and it cost me three spots right there. We should’ve finished second. Everybody knows that. That was dumb on his part. I guess that’s what he wants, just go down and wreck him in front of the field. I mean, you’ve got a run like that, you don’t just move up. I should’ve just wrecked him, I guess.”
Jones had a different point of view.
“I’d be mad if I was him, but it’s just racing,” Jones said. “I’ve been blocked a lot, especially with this package and I haven’t done a lot of blocking, so you have to get aggressive and fight for every position. That’s all I was doing at the end of the race. We were taking the white flag and you’re going for it. It’s unfortunate. You don’t want people upset, but feelings are going to get hurt and you’ll move on and we’ll be fine next week.”
Jones matched his best finish of the season, equaling the third-place result he posted in the Daytona 500 in February. Bowyer’s fifth-place effort marked his fourth top-five finish of the year.