NASCAR drivers throw fists on track during Truck race at Gateway

John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher fight during the truck race at Gateway Saturday night.
John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher fight during the truck race at Gateway Saturday night.
John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher fight during the truck race at Gateway Saturday night.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck series race at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis Saturday night featured great racing, huge crashes and a fight between two drivers that ended with fists being thrown and the two rolling across the track. Rain cancelled qualifying and delayed the start of the race for the second year in a row and it ended early Sunday morning on the east coast.

The race featured three red flags. The first came on lap 120 for a three truck incident on lap 120 when Jordan Anderson and Austin Wayne Self got together exiting turn 3. The trucks slid down the track and the truck driven by Jennifer Jo Cobb hit the truck of Self hard. All three drivers were fine but NASCAR was forced to stop the field to clean up the massive amount of debris from the accident. That red flag period lasted just over six minutes.

Then 11 laps from the scheduled distance, Tyler Reddick and John Hunter Nemechek got together entering turn 3 while racing for position.  They ensuing melee involved a total of seven trucks including Matt Crafton who hit the wall hard on the driver’s side. He was visibly shaken but was able to collect himself after a few moments.  He was later checked and released at the infield care center.  The red flag was again displayed for nearly 11 minutes.

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