WATCH: Jeff Gordon Gets Involved in a Massive Shoving Match

Published 07/30/2021, 4:37 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 22: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)


Jeff Gordon is not normally a driver who loses his cool on the track. The same applies for Jeff Burton, but the 2010 Cup Series race proved otherwise. At the Texas Motor Speedway, Burton bumped onto Gordon during the caution period, and Gordon did not appreciate it.

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Unfortunately, it got worse when Burton got close to try and apologize. Apparently, the two of them bumped into each other, this time taking each other out of the race.

Owing to that, an incensed Gordon stormed up to Burton and began to brawl with him. Recently, NASCAR posted a throwback video of the fight and dubbed it as their attempt at Olympic judo.

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How bad was the Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton altercation?

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As it turned out, Jeff Gordon was so furious that he refused to ride in the ambulance with Burton. The 4-time NASCAR Cup Series champion openly admitted that he meant to do more than swing at Burton. For his part, Jeff Burton could do nothing but apologize several times for his mistake.

“The whole story behind it is we were both pissed off because we were running like 18th,” Burton said. “I was running the high line, he was on the bottom, he thought I should let him go, he made a big swerve at me because he was mad and my temper got the better of me, and I stood wide open in the gas.

“I wasn’t trying to wreck him, but we got hooked up. And once we got hooked up, we couldn’t get apart. And when he hit, I mean he hit really hard and as soon as he hit, all the energy–you know how mad you get–all that went away.”

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To this day, Burton insists that the incident was one of his low points. Needless to say, the brawl left a bit of a sour taste in his mouth. Luckily, they calmed down later on, though their relationship would have suffered a little.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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