Close-Up Footage of Junior Joiner Hurling Obscenities at Fellow NASCAR Truck Series Crew Chief at Martinsville

Published 10/31/2021, 7:08 AM EDT
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – JULY 25: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ford, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series e.p.t 200 at Kansas Speedway on July 25, 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)


Under the cloudy weather at Martinsville, temperatures and tempers got high. Crew chief of ThorSport Racing, Junior Joiner got in a heated exchange with Trip Bruce of Halmar Friesen Racing team.

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Late in the race, ThorSport driver Matt Crafter was spun by his “worthless teammate” Grant Enfinger, with 16 laps to go.

But at the end of the race, Crafter’s crew chief, Junior Joyner, was seen expressing his thoughts about the incident directly to Trip Bruce. And he did so quite passionately.

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Joyner was caught hurling obscenities to Bruce in a video.

“You f****g p***y co*w***d, said Joiner.

You would assume from Joyner’s reaction that Crafton did not finish the race or finished way behind. But on the opposite, the three-time champion finished in fifth place and qualified for the Last 4 in Phoenix.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Slim Jim/Menards Toyota, stands with crew chief Carl Joiner before qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

So what should ideally have been an atmosphere of happiness and focus, surprisingly turned into an impatient and tempered brawl.

Surely there has to be more to it, right?

Junior Joiner or Trip Bruce, who started the fight?

In another video, the two of them are seen getting in an altercation. But in this footage, the matters also shift from verbal hurls to getting physical.

However, here, Joiner isn’t coming off as an instigator but a peacemaker.

Trip Bruce can be seen losing his temper while Junior Joiner appears to be acting as a mediator. But soon, the former appears to take it too far, which results in the latter pushing him.

The officials jumped in before matters could get worse, as Joyner can be seen being taken away.

Towards the end, it appears that Joiner really wanted to have a go at it while Bruce stood there calmly as he still could.

Eyes on the prize

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At Martinsville, the last Four were set for the title decider race next weekend; it was Zane Smith who took the chequered flag at the track.

Along with Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek will compete in the penultimate race of the season.

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Crafton will look to win his fourth NASCAR Truck Series title in Phoenix, but that is, if the driver and his team can keep their calm.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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