NASCAR drivers Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric traded blows on the pit lane on Saturday after the Xfinity Series race in Atlanta – the result of an earlier altercation between their two cars.
Hemric took on Gragson after the race to return in the No. 18 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing on the pit lane. Hemric had to park in Gragson’s stand to prevent a car from blocking his own stand. After Hemric returned to his own pit, Gragson entered his with his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and backed up into the nose of Hemric’s Supra as the crew dispersed.
NASCAR.com had an exclusive ringside seat for the brawl.
“I had a hole in the nose of my car, and he blew himself in the eye, so I would say we’re in good shape,” Hemric said after the fighters parted ways and had the chance to calm down.
“I would be angry if I was in his shoes too, just depending on what he’s done in his career, but that’s what it is and we’re going to keep going and keep fighting,” said Gragson, by NASCAR.com.
The fight continued on Twitter after the fight.
The middle finger you gave me through the window was a pretty clear indication to me that you knew exactly what your intention was. Thanks for posting the facts @NoahGragson 👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/xIXq5oC9ZH
– Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) March 21, 2021
Gragson finished fourth in the race. Hemric finished ninth.
Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. Tom Gatto of SN contributed to this report.