Chandler Smith Responds to Jeb Burton’s “He Felt It” Claim in Emphatic Fashion After Intervention From Chris Rice

Published 06/05/2023, 8:43 PM EDT

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One of the basic foundations on which NASCAR stands is perhaps rivalries or being competitive with each other. And why not? This forces the best out of the drivers, to do well and outdo the other driver in order to clinch a podium finish. But sometimes these rivalries take a bitter turn as drivers fail to maintain their composure and engage in a physical altercation.

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The history of NASCAR is replete with this form of rivalry, where ethics have gone for a toss and the drivers simply engage in a brawl. The recent instance being Ross Chastain of Trackhouse Racing and Legacy Motors’ Noah Gragson in the Kansas Speedway, where Gragson had a punch landed on his face. 

Although neither of the drivers was penalized. But the question of integrity and sportsmanship was surely questioned from in and around the sports world. And it seems a similar incident was repeated at the Portland International Raceway during the Xfinity Series.


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Chandler Smith settles the scores after the physical altercations with Jeb Burton

The incident had occurred between two Kaulig Racing drivers, Chandler Smith being a current driver for the team while Jeb Burton being a former part of the team. The two of the drivers had not been on the best of terms and with Saturday’s race at Portland, broke all the barriers as Burton was heard saying, “He tried to wreck me into 1, wrecked me into 3 so he’s gonna get a broken f**king nose after this.

And no sooner than it was said, Burton approached Smith and engaged in a fistfight with him. After being separated from each other by the people present on the pit road, Burton admitted the fact, “I let my fists do the talking.” And later on Twitter, Burton wrote: “He felt it.”


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Even though the officials try to diffuse the situation, it was far from over as the drivers failed to call a truce. Rather, Chandler Smith took to Twitter to set the records straight. He posted a hilarious video to reinforce as a reply to Burton’s tweet, the fact that the punches did not land on his face. And let the viewers decide the end result.


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Fans hurl their hilarious comments at Jeb Burton as the video got viral

The fans did not sit back and watched the video but rather left their creative comments to do the talking. 

People on Twitter wrote, “The VP stepped in to save both of them. Y’all makin’ it out like my little brother a b***h, and we gon have issues.”

Even the official page of Xfinity Racing left a comment, “Like to think you stayed up all night in iMovie to make this.”

“Pretty sure I just became a Chandler Smith fan. That was hilarious.”

While on Reddit, netizens wrote, “BRAKING NEWS: Chandler Smith fined for actions detrimental to Jeb Burtons manhood.”

One wrote a comment directed at Burton, “Ever have second hand embarrassment for someone? That happened just now.”

“Jeb you’re 31 years old getting owned by a 19-year-old. Grow up.’


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The video was surely a creative piece from Smith’s side. But time and again, these drivers in the heat of the moment deal with a physical brawl instead of being a rational adult. These often compromise the true essence of sportsmanship and raise the question of ethics in the sport.


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Written by:

Ayantika Maitra


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Ayantika Maitra is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. It was initially Formula 1 that made her fall in love with the world of motorsports. But quickly, the raw and unfiltered nature of NASCAR is what led her to build an affinity for the Stock Car Racing Series.
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Nischal Kandpal




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