Matt Kenseth accused Jeff Gordon of spinning him out in retribution for an accident earlier in the season.
Gordon's answer: So what if I did?
``I certainly didn't mean to wreck him," Gordon said. ``But I didn't mind moving him out of the way, either."
A bang from Gordon's bumper sent Kenseth spinning out of the lead with four laps to go in regulation during yesterday's Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway at Joliet, Ill., allowing Gordon to hold on in a two-lap overtime period to win his second race of the season and 75th of his career.
Kenseth, who dominated the second half of the race and appeared to be on his way to his third victory of the season when Gordon hit him, said Gordon did it on purpose to pay him back for a brush earlier this season.
``That wasn't an accident," Kenseth said.
Kenseth tangled with Gordon during the March 26 race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and Gordon shoved him in a physical confrontation after the race.
NASCAR officials fined Gordon $10,000 and put him on probation until Aug. 30. Kenseth figures Gordon just waited for that controversy to die down to serve up his revenge.
``He is not going to do it next week or the week after," Kenseth said.
``He will wait. So I know it was intentional, but that is OK. Part of it is my fault -- we got slow."
Gordon said he didn't blatantly wreck Kenseth on purpose. But given the recent history between the two drivers and Gordon's hunger to race his way into NASCAR's version of the playoffs, Gordon said Kenseth should have expected rough treatment.
``When it came down with five to go, he should have expected, if I could get to his bumper, there was going to be some action," Gordon said.
``One, because of what happened in Bristol -- and I'm not saying I just was going to wreck him, but you'd better believe I was going to make life difficult on him. And then No. 2, just 'cause we're hungry right now."
Jeff Burton, trying for his first victory since 2001, finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Champ Car -- The whole scene felt just a little too familiar to A.J. Allmendinger. Fortunately for the only American-born driver in the Champ Car World Series, it didn't turn out that way -- and he captured his third race in a row.
With Allmendinger headed for an easy victory at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto, a late caution flag bunched the leaders and gave teammate Paul Tracy and series leader Sebastien Bourdais one last shot.
Almost exactly a year ago, in Edmonton, Allmendinger was on his way to a win when a late caution waved.
Then-teammate Justin Wilson, right behind Allmendinger, crashed on the restart, but Allmendinger also made a mistake on the slick track and hit the wall with eight laps to go, giving Bourdais an unlikely win.
This time, though, Allmendinger pulled away from Tracy after the green flag waved with four laps remaining, becoming the first American driver to win three races in a row since Al Unser Jr. in 1994.