Following Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, fourth-place finisher Noah Gragson was called to the NASCAR hauler following an afternoon where he backed into Daniel Hemric’s No. 18 Toyota Supra on pit road during a live round of pit stops and then got into a post-race fight with Hemric.
NASCAR has confirmed to TobyChristie.com that Hemric was not also called to the hauler, and that if Gragson is to face any penalties stemming from his actions on Saturday, they’ll be announced early next week.
This is the latest in a long line of controversies involving Gragson, who has had a rough start to the 2021 season.
Last February after incidents in back-to-back weekends with Myatt Snider and Ross Chastain, NASCAR forced Gragson into their hauler before practice at Phoenix to discuss his recent driving.
When June rolled around, Gragson made contact with his teammate Justin Allgaier late at Bristol, which sent Allgaier crashing and Gragson went on to win:
In July, Gragson got into a post-race fist fight with Harrison Burton after Burton took exception to Gragson spinning him during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky:
A week after the incident with Burton, Gragson spun fellow Las Vegas-native Riley Herbst at Texas, which angered Herbst:
Fast forward to 2021, and three weeks before Saturday’s incident with Hemric, Gragson had an altercation with David Starr late in the race at Homestead, where Gragson was leading. The crash led to Gragson having harsh words for Starr, which angered Starr’s car owner Carl Long:
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