March 26 in NASCAR History: Matt Kenseth turns Jeff Gordon, Gordon shoves back

Bristol Motor Speedway is used to fireworks, and the Food City 500 on March 26, 2006, was no exception. It began with five laps to go with Matt Kenseth leading Kurt Busch, winner of four of the last eight Bristol races. Busch, in Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford, got into Kenseth’s rear bumper, causing Kenseth to get wicked sideways and letting Busch rocket by as Kenseth fell to third in front of Jeff Gordon. With two laps to go, Gordon got Kenseth loose exiting Turn 4 and passed him. As they raced through Turns 1 and 2 on the last lap, Kenseth returned the favor and sent Gordon into a spin. Meanwhile, Busch outran Kevin Harvick to the take the checkered flag. During the cool-down lap, Kenseth showed his own displeasure by quickly driving up to Busch and veering toward him, but not making contact. Then, as Busch performed snow angels on the frontstretch (it had snowed in the area that weekend), Gordon exited his car with his helmet still on, made a beeline for Kenseth and gave him a hard shove. “Kenseth got shuffled out and you know, he’s holding guys up,” Gordon told Fox. “I got to him… Read full this story

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