As a guy that’s relatively new to NASCAR, I’ll admit that I like when things get heated.
During this afternoon’s Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, was saw some shenanigans on pit road. We’re not quite sure what prompted the stunt, but Noah Gragson backed his car into the front bumper of Hemric’s, almost hitting one of Hemric’s crew in the process.
And then later on during a post-race interview, Hemric approached Gragson about the incent, and the next thing we know, Gragson is throwing punches at Hemric, all hell breaks loose… we got ourselves a good old fashioned dust up.
Afterwards, Gragson couln’t figure out why Hemric was mad:
“I don’t know why he’s mad… we were behind him coming onto pit road because we corded our right front tire, and he was in our pit box and I had to come around him and not really sure why he’s there. But had to back up and get there, but a lot of fun.
I’d be mad if I was in his shoes too. Just based off what he’s doing and his career. But it is what it is and we’ll move on, keep on fighting and, man. What a day.”
Hermic had a more detailed explanation:
“He and I both had struggled… he had had issues, got crashed early, we just struggled with the speed…came to pit there on the end of that during that caution. And when I pulled in my box, we had a guy who went to leave at the same time from the box behind us and created me have to go long, pull in the 9 box and back up.
I guess he was oblivious to what was going on and what my situation was so by the time the 9 got into his box, he crammed it in reverse and purposely drove the back of his car into the front of my Supra. Punched a hole in the nose of our Supra, and where I come from you get punched in the eye for that. So that’s what happened.”