Xfinity Series drivers Ross Chastain and Brendan Gaughan were involved in a fight after Saturday’s race, and the two drivers have continued sparring with words in the aftermath of the fight.
Gaughan has already shared his side of the story, and Chastain appeared on The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to give his story.
Chastain said he was blindsided and punched in the back of the head by Gaughan and members of Gaughan’s team following the race — Chastain suffered a black eye and bloody lip. Even worse, he said a crew member for teammate Garrett Smithley was hospitalized after being punched in the back of the head.
He said he was surprised to see Gaughan and his crew waiting for him after the race.
“By the time he had me by the neck, I was still coming out of the car with my feet in my race seat and I was sitting on the door, I realized there was about 20 guys there surrounded us, and I had three guys at the time,” Chastain said via NBC Sports.
“It was ugly. It was not something that was pretty to think back on. They definitely had the numbers and it showed. I had a couple guys from the 0 car (Smithley) jump in to help, and I’m thankful for that.
“They really did keep me and my guys from probably getting hurt to any extent.”
Chastain said he’s glad there were no cameras around because he doesn’t want the sport to receive that kind of publicity.
Gaughan said he and Chastain have had several issues in the past, and they finally culminated after the race on Saturday.
It was an ugly situation, and we likely haven’t heard the last from these two this season.