Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric Fight after NASCAR Xfinity Race
Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric came to blows Saturday on pit road after the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway — the byproduct of a pit road altercation between them earlier in the afternoon.
Hemric approached Gragson during a post-race television interview that quickly devolved into a melee involving various members of both the JR Motorsports No. 9 and Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 teams.
Take a look at this exclusive angle of the altercation between @DanielHemric and @NoahGragson. pic.twitter.com/Y0B14hCrx5
The brawl followed the incident on pit road that ended with Gragson backing into Hemric while they were receiving service. Hemric was forced to pull into Gragson’s pit stall to avoid blocking his own pit box. When Hemric backed into his own stall, Gragson entered his and backed into the stall and car behind him.
Crew members from the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team were forced to take evasive action.
“Pretty simple, man: He had no idea what was going on out on the racetrack,” Hemric said after the race. “We come down the pit road. The guy pitted behind us, went to accelerate out as I was pulling into my box. It made me had to steer around the guy and go into (Gragson’s) box. I backed up. Yes, it messed up both of our pit stops. I backed up. He decided to put it in reverse and cram into the right front fender and put a hole our Poppy Bank Toyota Supra nose. We had to pit again and fix it.
“That was completely deliberate. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Where I come from, you get your eye dotted when you do stuff like that.”
Hemric attempted to do just that.
“I got a hole in the nose of my car, and he got popped in the eye, so I’d say we’re in good shape,” he added after the fracas.
The middle finger you gave me out the window was a pretty clear indication to me that you knew exactly what your intent was. Thanks for posting the facts @NoahGragson 👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/xIXq5oC9ZH
Gragson was called to the NASCAR official’s hauler after the race and any penalties will be announced at a later date.
“I don’t know why he’s mad,” Gragson said. “We were behind him coming on to pit road … He was in our pit box, and I had to come around him and not really sure why he was there. I had to back up and get there.”
18 was in our pit box when I was turning into our pit stall. He backed up into his. I was out of position in the box and had to back up to get into my box. Unintentional backing into him. If they’d show the full replay, you’d see I didn’t just back into him for no reason.
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