NASCAR rivalry boils over as Ross Chastain punches Noah Gragson on pit road

Ross Chastain and Noah Gragson had a post-race incident on Sunday night after Denny Hamlin pushed Kyle Larson out of first place and took the win at Kansas Speedway.

Chastain, who enraged several drivers with his on-track aggression, appeared to drive Gragson into the wall with his tight driving. Gragson then spun in front of Brad Keselowski late in the race. Gragson then faced Chastain on pit road with a fist flying.


Ross Chastain overtakes Kyle Larson

NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) and driver Kyle Larson (5) will race at the AdventHealth 400 on May 6, 2023 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. (Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Chastain threw a right hook and Gragson tried to fight back with punches of his own, but NASCAR officials got in the way and held the two drivers back.

“I’m sick of it,” Gragson said of Chastain’s driving style. “That guy runs into everybody. Everybody’s sick of him when guys like Chase Elliott and other guys tell him to beat him up.”

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Noah Gragson of Dover

#42 Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet driver Noah Gragson takes to the stage during driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Würth 400 on May 1, 2023 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Waving to fans while walking. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Chastain admitted it got tight at Turn 4.

“I definitely got tighter from 4,” said Chastain. “Noah and I have a very similar attitude on the racetrack. We train together, we prepare together, we get to know each other bit by bit. I packed it into people.”

“A very big guy once told me that we have a ‘no push policy’ here at Truckhouse,” he added.


Chastain finished 5th and Gragson finished 29th.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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