NASCAR Xfinity Series

Gragson and Burton Fight Following On-Track Incident

By: Ashley McCubbin

After trading paint on the track, Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton would trade fists on pit road after the event.

Following a late-race restart battling for eighth, Gragson would get loose going into turn three, sliding up the track and taking Burton up into the wall with him. Both were able to continue to the checkered, finishing seventh and 12th respectively.

Burton expressed afterwards the confrontation came out of frustration, citing this being the second occurrence with Gragson on a restart since returning to racing.

“We rallied all night to get our DEX Imaging Supra into fourth place and then the 9 (Noah Gragson) happens to start in third and I don’t know if he forgets what race track we’re at or what, but both times puts us in the fence – Charlotte and now here,” he commented. “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.

“Honestly, it’s about these guys that work so hard on this race car and give me fast race cars. They gave me a race car that was capable of winning both nights I think. Just mistakes made by me and we kind of tuned it out this race that took us out of contention. Once we finally got to where I thought we could have been, get taken out and that was frustrating. Just frustrated and just sorry for our race team that happened.”

For Gragson’s part, he did not see the post-race confrontation coming and chalked it up to hard racing.

“Us (JR Motorsports) are even banging for finishes at the end,” he said. “I don’t really have a comment. I haven’t seen everything that happened. I’m just thankful for this opportunity. Everybody is working really hard and I’m ready to rebound at Texas.”

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