"It's crazy, I didn't even need to pass him, I was plenty content riding behind him," said Bowyer. "But he slipped up and I got under him and here he comes back. I just barely touched him."
After the accident, a melee broke out on pit road, with the 15 and 24 crews trading punches. That lead to Bowyer, jumping from his burning race car and sprinting to Gordon's hauler, where he was restrained by a NASCAR official at the door.
"It's just a shame, the last person in the world you want to get in anything with is Jeff Gordon," said Bowyer. "It's pretty embarrassing for a four time-champion and what I consider one of the best this sports ever seen, to act like that."
Bowyer is now 50 points behind leader Brad Keselowski in the standings with one race to go. It is only possible to make up 47 points, assuming both drivers start the race. Bowyer also drops on spot to forth in the overall standings, one point behind third place Kasey Kahne.
"There is nothing you can do to fix it now, it's over with," continued Bowyer. "You got to go on to Homestead and I gotta try to beat the 5 car (Kahne)."
NASCAR instructs drivers not to intentionally interfere with the drivers competing for a title, so there could be fines and possibly a suspension in Gordon's future. NASCAR usually hands those punishments out on Tuesdays. Both drivers were summoned to go talk with NASCAR officials after the race.
"When you are disrupting a championship run like that it's too bad," said Bowyer. "They ask us not to to that in the drivers meeting and there is usually a lot of respect there."
When asked if there would be retaliation in the future, Bowyer said we will "just have to see."
There was another big swing in the points standings earlier in the race, when championship leader Jimmie Johnson blew a tire. He finished 32nd. Johnson now trails Keselowski in the standings by 20 points heading into the the season finale. Keselowski finished sixth.
The race also ended with some drama, as Kevin Harvick won for the the first time in 44 tries. As the 29 crossed the start finish line, the field crashed behind him in oil, being laid down by the car of Danica Patrick, who wrecked on the final lap of the race.
Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon crash