Juan Pablo Montoya criticized teammate Jamie McMurray after the two made contact while battling for position in the top 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
On lap 94 of Sunday's Sprint Cup series race, McMurray's Earnhardt Ganassi Chevy made contact with the left-rear corner of Montoya's car entering Turn Three, sending him into a spin, with both cars hitting the barrier. The Colombian was quick to blame his teammate after taking his car to the garage for repairs.
"Jamie (McMurray) plain and simple just wrecked us," said Montoya. "Every time I am around him, he wants to run the (heck) out of me. I don't know if it is OK to say that but I just did.
"On the restart, I was inside of him. I think he got tight and never lifted, I didn't hit the fence because...it was a miracle. Then I arced it into Three and he just plain and simple wrecked us.
"I'm sure on the radio it was, 'Ah, I didn't mean that.' He is just trying to prove to people he can drive a racecar and I guess he isn't doing too many favors on this team."
McMurray, who tweeted, "Tough day, sorry to all of the @jpmontoya fans" following the race, said Montoya's remarks against him were due to it being the heat of the moment.
"Oh, you're probably just frustrated for what happened on the racetrack, so you guys (the media) probably shouldn't put a lot of stock into what he said," said McMurray. "When you ask somebody something immediately after getting crashed, they typically don't have nice things to say."
The Daytona 500 winner said he got loose while battling with Montoya and that he was unable to prevent hitting his teammate's car.
"I just got really loose and underneath him and he turned in a little bit earlier than what I was expecting and when it did it made even looser," said McMurray. "And I just had to catch my car and, unfortunately, I got into him whenever I did that."
McMurray was able to remain on the lead lap following the incident but the damage on his car caused him to lose pace, finishing down in 34th place, seven laps down. Montoya crossed the finish line in 37th after lengthy repairs in the garage.