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In NASCAR, feuds contribute an additional element of excitement and fascination for fans, highlighting the fierce passion and competitive nature of the drivers. These rivalries result in thrilling off-track encounters and exhilarating, high-stakes on-track performances. A recent example of this dynamic occurred during last weekend’s Kansas race between Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain.

The animosity between the two drivers reached new heights when an on-track incident involving both drivers led to the premature end of Gragson’s race. This further fueled the tension between the two.

Following the race, Gragson spoke to the media and voiced his opinion on Chastain’s actions. Suggesting that he would be the prime example of Kyle Busch‘s “respect” debate.

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Noah Gragson brings up the “respect” debate while talking about his Ross Chastain feud

Gragson was left bitter following his encounters with Trackhouse Racing Team’s Chastain, both on and off the track. In a subsequent Frontstretch interview, he addressed the “respect” debate, referring to Chastain’s behavior.

Gragson stated, “Everybody else races super hard but super respectful and you got one dou*hebag in the field, that doesn’t.”

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What happened between Chastain and Gragson during the race?

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During Sunday’s race, an intense moment unfolded involving Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., as they raced three-wide for position through Turns 3 and 4. The situation quickly escalated, leading to a confrontation between Gragson and Chastain later on.

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With just over 60 laps remaining, Chastain lost control of his car, causing it to drift towards Gragson, who occupied the outer lane. Although Chastain avoided direct contact, Gragson collided with the outside wall, and his car subsequently struck Chastain. A few laps later, Gragson spun out, ending what had been a promising race for him, ultimately finishing in 29th place.

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Following the race, Gragson confronted Chastain on pit road, visibly upset by the on-track incident. The exchange grew heated as Gragson pushed Chastain several times before Chastain retaliated with a punch to Gragson’s face. This altercation further fuels the rivalry between these two drivers, promising even more thrilling encounters in future races.