Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer are parked next to each other in the Phoenix International Raceway garage.
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Think that NASCAR teams don't hold a grudge?
A year ago at Phoenix International Raceway, a frustrated Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer, triggering a brawl in the garage between Bowyer's Michael Waltrip Racing crew and Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports outfit.
This year, the two teams are pitted next to each other in the garage at PIR, and Bowyer's crew prepared an anniversary gift of sorts for their next-door neighbors: Two cakes topped with an image of last year's crash.
Jeff Gordon in the garage area before practice for the GM Goodwrench 500 on February 28, 1993, at North Carolina Motor Speedway near Rockingham, North Carolina. (Photo by Bob Harmeyer/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
In honor of Movember, we're taking a look back as some of the best NASCAR 'staches of all-time and some others that, well, wouldn't exactly qualify for the Facial Hair Hall of Fame.
Remember this look from Jeff Gordon? It positively screams, "Really, Mr. 7-11 clerk, I'm old enough to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon myself, honest!"
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Crew members work on the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, driven by Jeff Gordon, following an incident on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Lady Luck is a cruel mistress.
If you don't believe it, just ask Jeff Gordon of any of his legion of devoted followers.
FORT WORTH, TX - NOV. 03: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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When the Chase rolled into Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth were tied atop the standings.
From the drop of the green flag on Sunday afternoon, Johnson made it his mission to earn max points, score the win, and take command of the championship battle.
Jeff Gordon has had some big moments on short tracks.
On Sunday, Gordon picked up his eighth career win at Martinsville Speedway. It was also his 16th career short-track victory. With that in mind, NASCAR Race Hub counted down Gordon's top five short-track moments of all-time.
Jeff Gordon's patience paid off in Martinsville ... and kept him alive in the championship chase.
Gordon drove to his first win of 2013 on Sunday. It was also his 8th career win at the Virginia short track. On this edition of "Winner's Weekend", listen as Gordon and crew chief Alan Gustafson break down their big win at Martinsville Speedway.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCT. 27: The Martinsville logo is seen on the wall after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered By Krogerat Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27, 2013 in Martinsville, Va.
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It was certainly a wild weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
From teammates getting into it on the track and in the media, to flying sledgehammers, the NASCAR Twittersphere certainly had a lot to talk about this weekend.
So, without further ado, it's the Tweets of the Week!
Jeff Gordon celebrates in victory lane after scoring his 88th career Sprint Cup Series win.
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Jeff Gordon was a late entry into the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he's certainly making the most of the opportunity.
That culminated Sunday afternoon, as the Hendrick Motorsports driver scored his eighth win at Martinsville Speedway, the 88th of his illustrious career.
Gordon was a contender for much of the afternoon, but the No. 24 Chevrolet came to life late in the race. Taking the lead from Matt Kenseth with 21 laps to go, Gordon navigated heavy traffic and caught a break as the race ended under green flag conditions.
"Man, it's hard to top what it feels like to win," Gordon said. "Especially when you've been through all of what that this Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet team has been through. I'm just so proud of them for never giving up. We've show it all year long. We've been through a lot, but boy, this is making it all worth it. To be able to get a huge win here at Martinsville for points, for the Manufacturer's Championship, for all the Hendrick family and those that were lost several years ago; seeing Rick (Hendrick) here means a lot to all of us."
With the win, Gordon jumped two spots in the Chase standings to third, now 27 points out of the lead.
Darrell Wallace Jr. celebrates his historic win at Martinsville Speedway.
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When 20-year-old Darrell Wallace Jr. crossed the start-finish line Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, he not only scored his first career Camping World Truck Series victory, he also solidified his place NASCAR history.
The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver became only the second African-American to win in NASCAR's top three series, putting his name aside pioneer Wendell Scott. In fitting style, Wallace Jr.'s win came just down the road from Scott's hometown of Danville, Va.
In a race with drama unfolding on the track and in the garage, Wallace was able to battle hard with Ty Dillon in the closing laps of the race to drive away for his first career victory.
Jeff Gordon sat down with NASCAR Race Hub's Danielle Trotta on Thursday.
The four-time NASCAR champ dished on a variety of topics that included his racing style, his family and his new hobby ... which is out of this world. Gordon also reveals that he once had a big opportunity outside of stock car racing, but it was so hush-hush that not even Rick Hendrick was aware of it. Press play and find out what it is.
TALLADEGA, AL - OCT. 20: Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet, celebrates on track after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 20, 2013 in Talladega, Ala.
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Going into Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, many anticipated tense racing throughout the final laps with the 'Big One' coming at the end as the field jockeyed for the win.
However as the laps clicked away and the checkered flag neared, the field moved into single-file formation behind Jamie McMurray, each driver waiting for the other to make a move.
On the final lap, Austin Dillon lost control of his No. 14 while running third behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. and was hit hard by Casey Mears, sending Dillon's car spiraling through the air. The caution was thrown and the race ended with McMurray out front and no real race for the lead.
While McMurray celebrated his first win since 2010, and Dillon and Mears got their wits about them, questions were raised both in the garage and on the NASCAR Twittersphere as to why the racing in the final laps was so tame.
To say Kasey Kahne and Hendrick Motorsports was dominant in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway would be quite the understatement.
For the majority of the night, all four Hendrick cars - Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - were the class of the field. The group led a staggering 313 of the 334 laps, but not the last one.
That honor went to Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski.
The defending series champion has had a tumultuous season, dealing with controversy, contract negotiations and missing the Chase. Going into Saturday night's race, Keselowski was winless through 45 races - just over a full season. Overcoming multiple issues throughout the race, Keselowski earned his first victory of 2013 in a dramatic battle in the closing laps with Kahne.
"I love hard racing and there are a handful of guys you can't race hard within this deal because they freak out, but Kasey is not one of them," Keselowski said. "He's an excellent driver and he ran me hard, but he ran me clean and that's great racing."
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Race car driver Jeff Gordon and wife Ingrid Gordon attends the Ferrari and The Cinema Society Screening of 'Rush' at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas on September 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Ferrari)
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Jeff Gordon and his wife Ingrid went to the movies last night. The two attended the Ferrari & The Cinema Society screening of Ron Howard's 'Rush' at Chelsea Clearview Cinema in New York.
Gordon is a big fan of the movie, which chronicles the 1976 Formula 1 season and the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. He and the No. 24 team were given a special screening of their own back in July. Enjoy a couple more pics from the event.
JOLIET, IL - SEPT. 16: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet and Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Farmland Ford, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 16, 2012 in Joliet, Ill. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The first race of the Chase is upon us!
After a week full of drama, NASCAR has no plans to let controversy rain on its parade. Rain, however, may rain on NASCAR's parade at Chicagoland Speedway.
9:00 a.m. -- With a 70% chance of rain in Joiet, Ill. today, rain will be the topic of discussion for much of the day, as teams and driver watch the radar in advance of Sunday's GEICO 400.
Well it just started to rain. Not looking too promising. Maybe a night race. LOL
Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 team. In an unprecedented move, NASCAR announced that Gordon would be added as the 13th driver in the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The news sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy. Obviously, Gordon was thrilled.
Wow we just gained 1250 points! Very appreciative of @NASCAR consideration on this matter as well as fans overwhelming support.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.