The two drivers haven’t spoken since Gordon intentionally wrecked Bowyer at Phoenix on Nov. 11, an incident that triggered a garage-area melee between the drivers’ crews and earned Gordon a $100,000 fine from NASCAR.
Gordon said Thursday that the season-ending activities this week in Las Vegas have been “awkward” because he and Bowyer haven’t socialized. Bowyer is popular among the other drivers and considered the life of the party.
“It’s been awkward because I’ve always had a good relationship with him, we’ve always talked and had fun,” Gordon said. “That’s obviously not the case. I thought he might have gotten over it at least enough to look at me, but he won’t even look at me, and when you are in this type of environment, that’s going to be odd.”
Bowyer would not talk about it with reporters during the season finale at Homestead and on Thursday indicated he’s not ready to resolve the issue with Gordon. He three times tried to change the subject, even once attempting to instead talk about nightclubs before finally growing exasperated.
“Good God,” he said. “Is that my story I have to talk about?”
“I ain’t resolving it,” he said. “It probably ain’t going to happen. It probably ain’t going to get resolved this year. No more races.”
Bowyer abruptly ended his media availability a few moments later, saying he was ready to go get changed out of his suit.
Bowyer still wasn’t biting during a fan event at Planet Hollywood when he and Gordon’s faces were superimposed on a pair of broken hearts as Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” played.
“Oh it ain’t mended,” he said. “Let’s make fun of someone else.”
But Bowyer was able to make fun of his now infamous run from pit road to the Phoenix garage, where his crew was fighting after the accident. The run was replayed Thursday at the “After the Lap” fan event in slow motion to the “Chariots of Fire” theme song.
“Listen, I’m not here to make friends,” he said. “I like his friendship. It can stay this way. But we have to race each other, I know what this all came about from and he might not agree and I’m sure we’re going to disagree about a lot of things and we’ll go race on next year and see what happens.”