Chastain, Clements called to hauler after altercation – Nascar
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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Two NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers made a post-race visit to meet with officials following Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ross Chastain and Jeremy Clements, along with crew chiefs Evan Snider and Tony Clements, were called to the NASCAR hauler after the two drivers had an altercation on pit road during a red-flag delay. The incident occurred after the two drivers made contact on the race track.
According to reports, Clements approached Chastain shortly after drivers had exited their cars to wait out the rain delay. Clements told reporters he placed his hand “on his back and turned (Chastain) around” when Chastain struck him.
“I had no intention of fighting the guy,” Clements told NBC Sports.
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“Hope he realizes now that he can talk, we can talk, but you can’t grab someone by the shoulders,” Chastain told FS1. “That happened before and I said right then I wouldn’t let it happen again. What’s done is done.”
Clements, who was struck in the eye, made a quick trip to the infield care center following the confrontation.
Both drivers returned to their cars once the race, which had been halted due to rain, resumed.
Clements finished 17th and Chastain 31st.
According to Chastain, the two drivers talked out their differences after meeting with NASCAR officials and consider the matter closed.