WATCH: Joe Graf Jr, Gray Gaulding Brawl After Incident in NASCAR Xfinity Series Martinsville Race

Published 04/12/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – JULY 05: Joe Graf Jr., driver of the #21 Eat Sleep Race Chevrolet, stands by his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 05, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)


NASCAR is notorious for often witnessing drivers engage in fisticuffs. The recently concluded NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Martinsville Speedway was no different. Apparently, the latest fighters were Joe Graf Jr and Gray Gaulding. According to video footage, cameras picked up Gaulding lying on his back with Graf on top of him.

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Many officials and team members tried to separate Graf and Gaulding and were eventually successful. According to Graf’s testimony, Gaulding “mouthed off” and that set off the fuse. Needless to say, Graf threw some punches and admitted that his opponent probably needed some ice packs.

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How did the incident between Gray Gaulding and Joe Graf Jr play out after the NASCAR Xfinity Series race?

Sometime during the 250-lap race, the two drivers collided with each other. In addition to that, poor old Blaine Perkins became an innocent victim when Graf Jr’s out-of-control car hit him. This effectively ended both their races, while Gaulding was somehow able to continue.

Aug 28, 2020; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Justin Haley (11) leads Gray Gaulding (07), Chase Briscoe (98) and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Riley Herbst (18) to win the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In the end, Gaulding finished in a lowly 21st place, much to Graf’s annoyance. A fuming Graf Jr said, “With about 75 laps to go, though, Gray just wrecked us and the 23, drove us off into the corner and just flat-out wrecked us and ended our day. I went to have words with him after the race and he mouthed off to me and there were some punches thrown. I landed a couple.”

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Meanwhile, Gaulding’s version of events found him walking back to the hauler. Suddenly, Joe Graf Jr stormed up to him and started swearing at him, enough to make a sailor blush. Safe to say, the driver found the scene highly amusing, which any made Graf Jr even more furious.

Apparently, the source of Gaulding’s amusement was the fact that Graf Jr is very ‘awkward’. In fact, he did not know whether to take him seriously or not. So, when he started throwing punches, it caught Gaulding off guard.

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MORE: WATCH: Michael Annett Slams into the Wall After Contact With Joe Graf Jr. at Bristol

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