9X Primetime Emmy Winner Mocks NASCAR’s Richmond “Road Rage” With Denny Hamlin-Ty Gibbs Gimmick

Published 04/02/2024, 12:24 PM EDT

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If you thought all the drama takes place in the Cup Series, you could not be more wrong. Xfinity, the second tier of NASCAR, showcases racing that is far from passive. Evidence for that lies in the most recent events at Richmond Raceway. Driver Joey Gase got so mad at his former pupil that he threw his detached bumper at the latter’s car on the track.

This incident has been doing the rounds on social media. Recently, it reached Hollywood as well, as an Emmy-award winner show host poked fun at the incident and offered a popularity hack to NASCAR.

The Colbert Show fools around with NASCAR on the Gase case


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NASCAR is known for its intense driving and short tempers of drivers flaring at the slightest contact. Fans stay glued to their screens for these dramatic occurrences that trigger the next round of gossip in the racing community. However, the recent incident at the Xfinity level ToyotaCare 250 race took things to a different level. The drama made it to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert usually dissects all things Hollywood, but this time he made an exception. He took a quick dig first, “NASCAR, the sport that everyone’s dad thinks they’d be good at”. Then he went on to describe Joey Gase’s outburst of emotions. “He was so mad at Dawson Cram, the driver he felt was responsible, that he ripped off his own dangling bumper and hurled it at Cram as he drove past”.


Joey Gase’ Temper Tantrum made Colbert, starts at 3:36

Colbert added a tip for NASCAR to up its game in terms of popularity. “NASCAR would be so much more interesting if you added road rage!” Then he mimicked commentators describing an imaginary encounter between two Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. “‘Here we go, Denny Hamlin, coming down the front stretch. But there’s Ty Gibbs going for the same parking spot. Hamlin smashes Gibbs’ brake lights with a 6-iron. But Gibbs is dumping his coffee in Hamlin’s sunroof. It’ll be a photo finish because they’re exchanging insurance!’”

This is not the first time Stephen Colbert has touched upon NASCAR drivers. In 2016, veteran driver Jimmie Johnson visited his show. In 2015, Kyle Busch came with his trophy, and Colbert cracked a joke about that as well.


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Colbert roasted Busch for his Championship prize


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Kyle Busch overcame tremendous odds to win the Sprint Cup Series championship in 2015. He was recovering from a broken leg and a foot, missing out on the first 11 races of the season. Yet he managed to outsmart retiring driver Jeff Gordon and snagged the Cup title. However, when he appeared on The Late Show, the host did not hesitate to crack jokes on his hard-earned trophy.

Stephen Colbert looked at the sparkly new trophy and said it “looks like it would be terrible to drink out of”. But then Busch was allowed to showcase his exceptional talents on the Pinewood Derby track by racing Colbert himself. The latter said, “As the Sprint Cup champion and the winner, not only do you get this wonderful trophy, but more importantly, Kyle, you have qualified for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Cinnamon Toast Crunch 400.”


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After Colbert’s take on Gase, NASCAR may foray into more popular American shows if drivers put up more drama on the track. 

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Written by:

Sumedha Mukherjee


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Sumedha Mukherjee is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports who is known for her in-depth track analysis as well as her lifestyle coverage of Cup drivers like Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. Inspired by the Kiwi's journey so far, Sumedha has also written pieces on Shane Van Gisbergen, predicting how the Supercars Champion would do in the new and unfamiliar American setting. Pairing her research skills with her vast experience as a writer, Sumedha creates stories her readers can easily get lost in.
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Shreya Singh