Probaly what happened
Dungey bent the shift lever on a tuff block in the first heat. The shift lever also rotated on the splines of the shift shaft. Mechanic replaced the shift lever, not the damaged shift shaft.
Second heat Dungey stomps down on the shift lever, and it rotates on the damaged splines. Thats what The Man meant by Dungey bent the lever. Without hitting anything.
Faster you fool!