NASCAR Investigating Daniel Suarez's Texas Post-Race Attack on Alex Bowman
The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season has just six races, but driver feuds have already erupted. Ask Kyle Busch—driver disrespect is the main theme.
While NASCAR recently flexed its muscles by fining Denny Hamlin $50,000 and 25 driver points for publicly admitting he intentionally fenced Ross Chastain in Phoenix, Daniel Suarez running down Alex Bowman
As he collided with Bowman, Trackhouse Racing teammate Chastain started the fight. Suarez ricocheted into Martin Truex Jr., costing both cars places.
During the final overtime, Suarez pushed the Watermelon Man out of the way on the cool-down lap before tracking Bowman down on pit road and repeatedly pounding the back of his No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro.
Bowman said, “Daniel and I, we've been partners in the past, raced together a long time. “I revere him. He must be unhappy. I attempted to explain that I wouldn't race him like way, that I was thrown in there.”
“The difficulty is if you don't peak out and [dive] bomb the person in front of you, the guy behind you does it to you,” said Bowman, who finished third overall.
“I'm being ran into, and then I'm running into people,” said fourth-place finisher Chastain. “He grabbed it after I was spun a few times. Spinning didn't bother me.
The final late-day hijinks should not surprise anybody who watched the race, as hostility looked to be rising, a tendency league officials and NASCAR's sanctioning board have been attempting to curb.
According to Motorsport.com, a league representative indicated Monday that NASCAR is investigating the issue to determine disciplinary action.