“No Hard Feelings” – Noah Gragson Ready to Bury the Hatchet With Daniel Hemric After Fight in NASCAR Race

Published 04/08/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric (18) and Austin Cindric (22) lead the field to start the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Last month, Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric collided with each other at Atlanta. Needless to say, tempers flared and fists were thrown on that day. Of course, both drivers got into a heap of trouble because of their stunt but somehow managed to escape any penalties.

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Now that the two hotheads have calmed down, they were able to reflect on their actions. Recently, Gragson spoke about the incident and admitted that he was ready to forgive Hemric. He said, “I’m going to call him in the next day or two. For me right now, I took a little bit of a break for Easter. Just kind of wanted to reset my mind, didn’t want to jump into anything too premature.”

Gragson acknowledged that he wanted to control his emotions and give himself time to cool off. He knew that after the incident, emotions were very high. Nevertheless, the driver insisted that Hemric was a good driver and they were teammates in 2020. According to him, “There was no hard feelings towards Daniel or anybody else in the Xfinity garage. At the same time, I need to race as hard as I can.”

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Noah Gragson is looking forward to Martinsville

Truthfully speaking, Gragson has not enjoyed a particularly great start to his season. The man has gotten unlucky on several occasions, in spite of having the pace to run at the front. There were many occasions where he would have some kind of crash or retirement, which would rarely be his fault.

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson (9) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

However, the incident at Atlanta was a lot different.

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In the pit lane, Hemric’s #18 car overshot its box and encroached on Gragson’s pit box. Hemric backed up to correct himself, but it displaced Gragson. As a result, the #9 driver was also forced to back up and re-position himself in the pit box, which led to him bumping into Hemric.

Gragson insisted that he was not at fault and the full replay would reveal that he didn’t just back into him without any reason.

Nevertheless, the two drivers are ready to move on. The Atlanta race may not have gone to plan, but there is plenty of time for them to buck up.

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MORE: WATCH: Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric React After Huge Fight in NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Atlanta

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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