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Fight Erupts Between Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell During Cup Series Qualifying

At the conclusion of the opening round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, a brawl broke out between Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell.

Both drivers are from the Ford camp, but had a dispute about an incident that happened on the track as the round was drawing to a close. McDowell made a mistake in impeding Suarez’s attempt at a hot lap. Suarez was understandably frustrated and attempted to crash McDowell’s No. 34 car as a result.

When they climbed from the car the two drivers threw down.

Here is what Michael McDowell had to say about the incident:

Suarez responded by saying the fight happened due to a lack of respect from McDowell.

This certainly adds some spice to this race weekend.

Toby Christie View All

Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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