NASCAR fans got a little more than what they originally tuned in to see after the conclusion of Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Martinsville Speedway.
Former teammates Joe Graf Jr. and Gray Gaulding got into a little bit of a skirmish after emotions boiled over post-race on Sunday. Graf Jr. drivers the No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro for SS-Green Light Racing. Meanwhile, Gaulding drives the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro for Jimmy Means Racing.
The fight between Graf Jr. and Gaulding stemmed from an on-track incident earlier in the day. Everything started when Gaulding gave a nudge to the back of Graf Jr.’s bumper. That contact sent Graf spinning into the No. 23 Our Motorsports Chevy of Blaine Perkins.
Joe Graf Jr. Calls into SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
After things had settled down on Sunday, Joe Graf Jr. called into SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to discuss what exactly happened during Sunday’s NASCAR race.
“There, with about 75 laps to go, though, Gray just wrecked us and the 23,” Graf Jr. said. “[He] drove us off in the corner and just flat out wrecked us ending our day. I went to have some words with him after the race and then he mouthed off to me and there were some punches thrown — I landed a couple.”
Graf Jr. goes on to say that the garage is full of racers that “pretend they are tough.”
“The garage is just loaded with drivers who pretend that they are tough,” Graf continued. “Like, they are going to find out just how tough they are if they race me like that and then run their mouth to me. Just ask Gray how he is doing now. I’m sure he is needing some ice packs.”
He also believes that confrontation is the only answer to people who “race like” Gaulding.
“You have to fight to be respected out there,” he said. “If you don’t go talk to somebody after they race you like that they are just gonna keep doing it.”
Gray Gaulding Responds
If there was any question as to whether or not Gaulding’s actions on the track were intentional, he put those to rest after Sunday’s NASCAR race.
“I 100 percent wrecked him on purpose because I’m tired of dealing with his nonsense. The reason why I stand by that is because earlier in the race, about 30 laps in, I was just running on the outside (line), there’s nowhere to go, and I just get body-slammed, and it was the 07,” Gaulding explained. “And then when he was going by me, he door-slammed me. So I told my spotter, I said ‘when I get back to the 07, he’s done.’ I stood by that. I’m not going to stand by here and sugar-coat it, I 100 percent wrecked him and I don’t regret one thing I did.”
In addition to not regretting his actions on the track, Gray Gaulding says that he would “do it all over again” if given the chance.
“I’d do it all over again because of the way that guy races. It’s actually comical watching him drive because his equipment is very good. I drove that equipment, and I think there’s a lot of jealousy there,” Gaulding admits. “Personally, I think so. Because he hasn’t sniffed the results that I had with Bobby Dotter and SS Green Light Racing since he’s been there. I think it’s kind of funny that he’s got that chip on his shoulder with me. And you can tell with the way he races on the race track.”
We will see how the two NASCAR drivers respond when the series resumes at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24.