Jeff Gordon didn't appreciate how his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced him during Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
Before Gordon ultimately exited the race with an engine issue, he wasn't pleased with the way Earnhardt Jr. crowded him on the race track.
“You don't want to have to check up in that instance,” Gordon said. “In that moment, he wasn't treating me like a teammate and I wasn't doing anything different than I would have done. He's racing hard. I don't blame him for taking me four-wide. But if you're going to take a guy four-wide, don't come sliding up the racetrack because that is going to wreck you and other people.
“He took me four wide,” Gordon said. “He slipped off turn two. I had to check up or wreck all of us. I just didn't think it was the smartest thing to do, especially to a teammate. But he chose to do it, and that's fine. That one was pretty close. No big deal."