“Well, (the situation) escalated because Brad didn’t want to face the situation. If we could have had a face-to-face, there would have been no incident.
“I think there is a little bit of misunderstanding,” said Gordon. “I have no issue with a guy being aggressive and making a bold move. If you win the race and the guy that you slam finishes third or fourth, I will be the first one to stand up and say `That was awesome, that was a great move.’ But when you don’t win the race and you ruin a person’s day, there are consequences that you are going to have to deal with. How you handle yourself (afterward) is a part of that.
“If you are going to compare to the greats of this sport that have been aggressive over the years, you also have to compare how they handle themselves in those situations afterwards. The ones that I have had to deal with… know how to not make enemies. They might not have a lot of friends out there, but they also don’t have a lot of enemies.
“(And) if they do, they seem to find a way to patch that up fairly quickly.”
Gordon said he is ready to put the situation behind him and get back to business this weekend at PIR.
“I’m not mad about it,” he insisted. “I’m ready to move on and focus on Phoenix. I race people the way they race me. If I am in a situation (and) feel like I can make a bold move that is going to help me win the race, and he stands in the way, I’m going to do the same thing he did to me last week.”