Denny Hamlin held off Kevin Harvick to take the checkered flag at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Speedway on Sunday, but Missouri native Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman set off the Sprint Cup season's first bout of bad blood.
Newman was sent into the wall on Turn 3 of Lap 256 by Edwards, and finished his day at 21st. The move wasn't considered intentional by Newman and his Stewart-Haas team, but he had some choice quotes after the race:
"I'm 99 percent sure Carl Edwards didn't do that on purpose, but I trusted him," Newman said. "Now he can't trust me because there is a lot to be had and lost; we lost a lot today. I don't know how much he lost, but that's not the point.
"I don't consider that a deliberate move by any means. (But) we know plenty of times in this sport, what comes around goes around."
Edwards finished 17th on the day, and the wreck left Newman at 21st in the Sprint Cup Standings. Kansan Clint Bowyer finished the race at No. 30