"No," Bowyer replied. "Any time something happens on the race track it's unfortunate."
NASCAR heavily penalized Bowyer,
The penalties resulted in Truex being dropped from the Chase and
Newman was leading the Richmond race with seven laps remaining when Bowyer inexplicably spun out. NASCAR found there was no conclusive evidence that Bowyer did so on purpose, but many in NASCAR Nation believe otherwise.
Despite being penalized, Bowyer remains in the Chase and in contention to win his first Sprint Cup Series championship.
Bowyer, 34, said he had spoken with Newman and told ESPN that he "hated to see" the events that initially prevented Newman from making the playoff. "I'm happy that he's in the Chase," Bowyer said.
Bowyer also hinted that other drivers might find their own way to penalize Bowyer on the track at this Sunday's race at Chicagoland Speedway, the first event in the 10-race Chase.
"If somebody wants to retaliate, I'm a big boy," Bowyer said.