While Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson got themselves in a fight after the race at Kentucky Speedway, the reason for the fight started back at Charlotte.
Gragson’s No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet hit the back 0f Burton’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, with 13 laps remaining, due to which both the cars clipped the outside wall.
Burton seemed to be very frustrated for a similar incident with Gragson at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the recent incident aggravated the situation. After Burton shoved Gragson, the No. 9 Chevrolet driver threw a punch at Burton. NASCAR officials had to split the drivers.
Speaking to FS1, Burton said that people were telling him that a bust-up with Gragson was a “long time coming”.
“Just frustrated. That’s two times since we’ve come back after the COVID-19 pandemic on restarts. Same situation. We rallied all night to get our DEX Imaging Supra into fourth place, and then the 9 happens to start in third and — I don’t know — forgets what race track we’re at or what. But both times, puts us in the fence. Charlotte (Motor Speedway) and now here.
“I had a lot of people coming up to me afterwards saying that was a long time coming. So I guess that was a popular move.”
Regarding the incident, Gragson said:
“We’re all racing hard,” Gragson said. “I mean, us teammates are beating and banging for the finishes at the end. I don’t really have a comment. I haven’t really seen everything that happened.”
No penalties from NASCAR are expected for the incident.