It wasn't a very good ending to Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen for Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson as the two Chevrolet drivers battled for position.
The two made contact with each other, and both spun off on the last lap's final turn at Watkins Glen International.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Racing America editor-in-chief Toby Christie shared the onboard cameras' video footage of the incident between the drivers.
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The incident derailed what had been a decent day for both drivers. Dillon ended the race in 31st, while Larson — who had had plenty of speed to possibly compete for the win — ended up 26th.
A speeding penalty during the final pit stop had put Larson in a rough position, and it ultimately led to an intense battle for position with Dillon.
The driver of the No. 3 RCR Chevy had some words for Larson on pit road following the race. The drivers didn't come to blows, but it was clear Dillon wasn't happy with Larson.
A post-race discussion between Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. pic.twitter.com/SjoHa3qdF0
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Larson later talked with Dalton Hopkins from Frontstretch.com about the incident with Dillon.
"Yeah, he was upset," Larson said. "I kind of dive-bombed him in the bus stop as I was coming through the pack. And, thankfully, he left me room because we would've crashed then. And then, I don't know, a handful of laps later, he got upset exiting the bus stop. And I had a run and just nudged him a little bit up off the bottom, and I guess that really ticked him off. So he got into me in Turn 10. I really honestly wasn't even trying to crash him in the last one. I was just trying to maintain leverage into the final corner there, and got in hot and hit him, and crashed."
Kyle Larson recapped his day that was derailed by a mid-race speeding penalty while inside the top 5. He also discussed the last-turn collision with Austin Dillon and the events leading up to it.
— Frontstretch (@Frontstretch) August 20, 2023
The sport has seen plenty of heated confrontations between drivers this season. And with only one race left in the regular season, this is far from the last incident this season.
Dillon has already shown his displeasure at how some have raced him this season. Just look back to Poconom when he threw his helmet at Tyler Reddick's car after the two collided in Turn 1. Dillon isn't going to back down against anyone, it seems.
He could ruin some of the playoff drivers' chances in the coming weeks. It has been that kind of a season for the No. 3 team.
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