By: Ashley McCubbin
LONDON, Ontario — As D.J. Kennington came to a stop on the frontstretch in victory lane, the eyes of the crowd were on the man that just won the Qwick Wick 125. Instead, everybody was watching the ensuing brawl on pit road.
The Fall Brawl weekend at Delaware Speedway had one of the biggest fights the NASCAR Pinty’s Series has seen, as tempers ultimately boiled over between the crews of Shae Gemmell for Ed Hakonson Racing and Marc-Antoine Camirand for 22 Racing.
As Camirand came down pit road following the event, he was approached by the crew, with words said, along with a jack stand used to beat the windshield. Additional members from both teams joined, resulting in over 20 people at each other in the middle of pit road.
The fight was a result of an incident that took place on-track in the final stages of the Qwick Wick 125. Battling for a spot inside the top-10, Camirand got into Gemmell going into turn one, sending the No. 8 hard into the outside backstretch wall rear-end first.
Gemmell would climb out of the car afterwards, and walk down to the nose to begin his walk to the infield – only to be met by Camirand. As the rest of the field followed the low line along the bottom of the track, the driver of the No. 22 came a couple lanes up and close to where Gemmell was standing.
“I don’t know why he got out of his car, but I admit I shouldn’t have done this maneuver,” Camirand told Pole Position. “However, I must say that I never, ever wanted to intimidate him, let alone make a dangerous gesture towards him.”
The incident is not the first time the pair have gotten together this season, as they tangled on Friday night in the Canadian Tire 125. The contact resulted in Camriand sustaining heavy front end damage, and unable to finish the event.
As a result of his actions on-track, Camirand was parked for the second event on Sunday.