NASCAR drivers Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric obtained right into a battle on pit highway Saturday following the Xfinity Sequence race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Hemric, offended over a pit highway incident earlier within the race, approached Gragson on pit highway whereas he was doing an interview after the NASCAR Xfinity race. Hemric shoved Gragson, who responded by throwing two punches at Hemric.
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What led to NASCAR battle?
Earlier within the race, Hemric slid via his pit field and into Gragson’s field throughout a spherical of pit stops. Gragson then backed up on pit highway, slamming into the entrance of Hemric’s automotive and damaging it.
Gragson rallied to complete fourth within the NASCAR Xfinity race and was doing an interview on pit highway when Hemric ran as much as him and shoved him.
Hemric, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing, mentioned Gragson backed into his automotive deliberately.
“He was oblivious to what was happening and my state of affairs,” Hemric mentioned. “He crammed it into reverse and purposely and backed into the entrance of my (Toyota) Supra and punched a gap within the entrance of my Supra, and (he) … obtained punched within the eye for that.”
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Gragson, a fiery NASCAR driver with a historical past of altercations with different NASCAR drivers, had little to say in regards to the incident.
“I do not know what he is mad at,” Gragson mentioned. “… He was in our pit field and I needed to again up. … I might be mad if I used to be in his sneakers too primarily based on what he has carried out in his profession.”
Hemric is in his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Sequence, however has but to win a NASCAR race. He additionally drove one full season within the NASCAR Cup Sequence. Gragson has two NASCAR Xfinity Sequence wins for JR Motorsports.
Hemric had some extra selection phrases for Gragson.
“I’ve a gap within the nostril of my automotive, and he obtained popped within the eye. The place I stand from, we’re in good condition,” he mentioned.
The altercation didn’t go over effectively with a few of NASCAR’s largest stars.