A wild finish culminating with punches being thrown in the garage saw Joey Logano prevail Saturday night and win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski were having a furious battle for the lead in final five laps, but as the trio of Sprint Cup champions tussled, Logano snuck by them to win his second race of the season.
Gordon placed second, while Kyle Busch charged to third. Keselowski and Kenseth completed the top five finishers.
"The 20 (Kenseth) started blocking the top because the 2 (Keselowski) car was so fast up top and eventually I had enough room to turn up underneath him and get enough clean air on the car to take off," Logano said.
When the race concluded, Keselowski expressed his displeasure with Kenseth, who he felt drove him into the wall earlier, by brake-checking him off Turn 2. The result was Kenseth rear-ending Keselowski with Dale Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger also sustaining damage.
Once on pit road Keselowski approached Kenseth's car and threw his gloves in disgust. Kenseth admitted trying to block Keselowski explaining he was racing for the win.
Tempers also flared in the garage where an altercation ensued between Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose. The two were having words when Mears shoved Ambrose, who then responded by punching Mears in the face. The combatants were quickly separated without further incident. Ambrose finished 18th, Mears 19th.
NASCAR said it is reviewing the incident.
Gordon had the dominant car for most of the evening, leading a race-high 173 laps, but it was Kenseth who was strongest in the closing stages. He passed Gordon with 38 laps to go and was pulling away for the win before a rash of cautions in the final laps restacked the field.
"Joey was in the right place there," Gordon said. "He had a good short run car and we were battling it out. And Matt was making his car really super-wide, which you've got to do to try to win, and we were just battling hard. And it just didn't come down the way that we needed it to."