Tempers flared Friday night during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway as drivers Sam Mayer and Ty Gibbs got into a battle on the track and threw punches off of it.
Mayer made a run to the inside of Gibbs, bumping him late in the Xfinity race and Gibbs responded in-race by running into his rear. The frustrations then boiled over with Gibbs ultimately throwing the first punch despite having his helmet on.
“Yeah, well, I tried to talk to him and he got all in my face so at that point we got to start fighting,” Gibbs explained of the incident, per NASCAR.
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Mayer shared his side of things, as well.
“He threw a couple punches, they were weak. Can’t say much about that, it’s kind of funny,” a visibly impacted Mayer said, per NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass. “I just put the bumper to him for $100,000 and he got upset about it but he’s been doing that to everyone else every week so far so I don’t understand how it can be that one-sided.”
Mayer ultimately finished fifth while Gibbs placed eighth.
The NASCAR Cup Series will take over Martinsville Speedway on Saturday night.