Nov 16, 2012; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) during qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 practice at Homestead Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

Is Payback Looming for Jeff Gordon on Sunday?

So who really at this point needs me to explain what happened at Phoenix International Raceway between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer? Surely nobody needs to hear the story again because we’ve all heard. It’s been the talk of the town all week long heading into Homestead-Miami!

There is one question however that millions of fans are going to tune in on Sunday to see if they can get an answer. Will Bowyer seek payback on Gordon this weekend? Will the fans of Dale Earnhardt Sr. finally get someone to cheer for that will give Gordon the same treatment on the track as Earnhardt did?

Yes: You’d be crazy to think he wouldn’t! Fans are looking for a show and they know anxiety is going to be high when Bowyer and Gordon are near each other and Bowyer’s temper will get the best of him! Why let Gordon forget about it before you get him back?

No: Why take Gordon out in a race that means nothing? He took Bowyer out at Phoenix when he was mathematically still in contention to win a championship if something took Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson out. Why not wait for Daytona or another race when Gordon is in contention to win or in contention for a championship?

“I’ve always said if you’re contending for the championship, you’ve got to be as smart about the things you do on the track as the guys you’re racing who might be outside the championship,” Gordon told Mike Mulhern. There was absolutely no reason to run into me. You’ve got to understand each guy you’re racing. And you’ve got to understand if they’re a guy who needs a ride next year (and might be racing more aggressively)… you’ve got to understand if they’re a guy trying to finish 10th or 12th in the points, or whether they’re a guy racing for the championship.”

It should be an interesting race to watch especially if Gordon and Bowyer find themselves racing each other. Personally, I don’t want to see people intentionally wrecking people and putting him in harms way, however I know it could provide entertainment for the fans. So if there is retaliation, I hope Bowyer is careful about it and doesn’t send Gordon head first in the wall as Gordon did him.

It’s a sticky situation for both drivers and who knows what will happen Sunday and in the future. Gordon claims that Bowyer is a good guy and it’s hard to hate on someone he considers a friend, but he had just had enough at Phoenix.

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