NASCAR: Drivers Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell were summoned to the NASCAR hauler after they were involved in a post-qualifying fight before practice for the Cup Series race at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
Suarez was upset that McDowell impeded his fastest qualifying lap, stalking him after both were eliminated in the first qualifying session Friday. Suarez then hopped a concrete barrier and scuffled with McDowell, spinning and throwing him to the ground.
It took several crew members to separate them. Suarez and McDowell downplayed the morning meeting, saying NASCAR officials just wanted to ensure the animosity would not spill over to the track practice or during the race. IndyCar: Team Penske is out front again with a front-row sweep in qualifying for IndyCar’s season opening race on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg. Will Power won the pole for the eighth time at St. Pete and 55th time in his career, second on the all-time list behind Mario Andretti. Josef Newgarden qualified second to make it a Penske front row for Sunday’s race.