SONOMA, Calif., June 21 (UPI) -- NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon became the target of angry recriminations a day after his on-track behavior at the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Martin Truex Jr. and other drivers expressed outrage over Gordon's aggressive driving in Sunday's contest on the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, Calif., in which Gordon -- NASCAR's winningest road-course driver -- finished fifth.
"We got put in by Jeff Gordon, and getting spun out there on that restart is what got us in the back there," an angry Truex said. "I guess Jeff figured he couldn't catch us on the race track, so he was going to spin us out on the restart."
Gordon slammed into Truex following the second restart on lap 61, turning him around. Truex was running the Top 10 at the time and eventually ended with a 42nd-place finish.
"I certainly owe Martin Truex an apology," Gordon said. "He was just racing as clean as he could, and I was racing with (Juan Pablo Montoya), and I just got in there and took him straight out. I feel awful about that."
Gordon also had run-ins with Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle, and spoiled Elliott Sadler's late-race push.