Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Suarez, McDowell get into fight during qualifying

Suarez, McDowell get into fight during qualifying

Suarez qualified in 28th place in his #41 Ford while McDowell qualified in 29th in his #34 Ford for the 312-lap race around the four-turn, 1.022-mile (1.645-kilometer) ISM Raceway oval in Avondale, Arizona.

After they got out of their cars, Suarez hopped a concrete wall and exchanged words with McDowell before spinning him to the ground.

It took several crew members to finally pull them apart.

Both drivers saw their hot laps ruined in a chaotic qualifying session, with Suarez approaching his rival to straighten things out afterwards.

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After both drivers failed to make it to the second of three rounds of qualifying for position for the TicketGuardian 500 on Sunday, Suarez went over to McDowell's auto to talk something out. The TicketGuardian 500 is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, and it is set to be broadcast live on Fox, so be sure to tune in to it. "We all kind waited until the end (of the round) and then you just had a lot of traffic". "The race is long so you can nearly overcome that, but ... it was just a lack of respect: Everyone here in the garage knows the second lap is the good one".

"He was upset, I held him up on his good lap and then he tried to crash us and I just didn't appreciate it". But it still coloured an otherwise quiet qualifying session.

"Track position is very big". But I mean, we're not going to fight each other.

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