Following the checkered flag that concluded Sunday’s 400-miler at Kansas Speedway, Cup Series rookie, Noah Gragson, and the Melon Man, Ross Chastain tangled on pit road. The fight saw Chastain connect at least one punch on Gragson before the driver of the No. 42 was pulled away and separated from Chastain.
The incident which seems to have upset Gragson occurred with a little over 60 laps to go. Chastain’s No. 1 Camaro came off of turn-4 tight, making contact with Noah Gragson’s No. 42. This led to Gragson cutting a tire some laps later and spinning on his own. Gragson would end the race 5-laps down while Chastain would bring it home in 5th.
- This incident is only the latest in the growing saga of Chastain vs. the NASCAR garage. With drivers like Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin being very outspoken with their displeasure of Chastain’s aggressive driving style, this marks the first time the Melon Man actually tangled with one of his fellow young guns of the sport.
- Both Chastain and Gragson have a reputation of aggressive driving, having earned that reputation in the lower ranks of NASCAR. With Gragson now joining his old training partner in the Cup Series, it was only a matter of time before their paths crossed and the tempers started to boil over.
- NASCAR fans are largely split on this issue. While many fans love Chastain’s overly aggressive driving, stating that it champions the days of old when rubbing was racing, others have grown tired of seeing this one driver in the middle of controversy almost each and every week.
With Gragson becoming the latest “victim” of Chastain’s wrath in the NASCAR Cup Series, we’ll have to wait and see what the ramifications are, if any, of their fight on pit road after the event. Regardless of where you fall on the Chastain vs. the Garage debate, you have to admit that it’s pretty darn entertaining.
The Main Characters
Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain (two drivers known for their flamboyant and aggressive styles) are clearly the two main characters of this dispute. Chastain admits in his interview that he got tight coming out of the corner while Gragson stated that he is sick and tired of getting fenced by the Trackhouse No. 1.
Around The Garage
Noah Gragson wasn’t the only driver to take issue with Chastain’s driving today. Driver of the RCR No. 8 Chevy, Kyle Busch, also detested the way he was raced by the No. 1, even getting back at him a little on track.
However, speaking with Bob Pockrass after getting involved in a separate incident, Busch stated that it wasn’t just Chastain, that it was a product of the NextGen car which frustrates him.
In his post-race interview, second-place finisher, Kyle Larson got distracted by the Chastain/Gragson squabble.
Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI racing, wants NASCAR to let them throw a few back, just to get it out of their systems.
After the race, our friends at Frontstretch caught up with Chastain. He says that the discussions between himself and Noah Gragson will stay between he and Gragson. He also states that he was not surprised by the actions the rookie took.
In The Stands
King_Sabastain5 on Twitter is just thrilled that finally someone had the guts to at least physically take the fight to Ross…
Tucker Gray says that Chastain not only starts the wrecks but also throws the first punch. Wow!
LA on Twitter has nothing to say…well, at least nothing good to say.
Heath claims that the first one to swing always gets off easy after the sucker punch…
David Hitchcock agrees. Gragson and Chastain should have been left alone to settled it once and for all.
Alex Fleener states that his respect for Gragson just went up a tick.
On Your Screen
Out of the Groove host, our friend, Eric Estepp, wonders if Chastain will ever learn his lesson.
DannyB was right: when stood up to, it was Ross who snapped first.
Black Flags Matter host, Darian Gilliam, comments on the fight.
From The Pressbox
Our very own Daily Downforce Twitter page got in on the action.
Harris Lue warns against the guy in the mustard-colored shirt…
Davey Segal reports what Chastain had to say after the squabble.
Bob Pockrass of FOX Sports asked Gragson if his intention was to fight Chastain or if he just wanted to talk. Gragson said, “There’s no talking to the guy.”
Who do you have in a Chastain vs. Gragson matchup? Let us know, Daily Downforce family! Also, do you think Ross was in the wrong or do you think that Gragson overreacted? Shout it out!