If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed any type of stock car racing, then you probably understand all that goes into a race. No, it’s not just drivers constantly going in circles. I mean yes, on oval courses, that is most of what’s going on. But there’s a lot more at play than just seeing who can turn left the hardest and fastest. You also need to consider things like your fuel and tires, pit strategy, fixing any issues with the car on the fly as they arise, avoiding any wrecks that happen around you – and yes, the point standings can come into play. Avoid having issues with all that stuff, and you can still have a solid race ruined at the last minute by someone who just wants you to have a bad day.
Yesterday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made a stop at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, for the only Canadian date on the tour, the Chevrolet Silverado 250. I’ll admit that I didn’t actually watch the race myself, but the finish of the race was so ridiculous that it’s been popping up on numerous racing and car enthusiast websites as a big headline.
This video picks up the race in NASCAR Overtime. Leading the race is Cole Custer, who has yet to secure himself a berth in the Chase for the Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Championship. Directly behind him is John Hunter Nemechek, who already has a win this season and as such has guaranteed himself a spot in the Chase. These drivers are all fighting for a spot in the Chase, and since Nemechek already has one, he didn’t NEED to go all out… But he’s a race car driver, so you know he did.
Watch this ridiculous photo finish AND the drama that comes after it:
Seriously, make sure you watch it til the end!
I can’t say I blame Cole Custer for his frustration here. Imagine being less than half a kilometre away from securing your spot in the Championship Chase when someone comes from behind, takes you out, and holds you against the wall just long enough to get ahead of you and claim the victory. You know, I’m surprised there wasn’t more that came of this. It wasn’t immediate, as officials debated what penalties they should assess, but Nemechek was declared the winner.
Of course, Nemechek maintained his innocence after the race.
“We didn’t wreck him for the win. Rubbing’s racing.” — John Hunter Nemechek in victory lane.
— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) September 4, 2016
Then again, his careless move at the finish DID afford that race something that is a cornerstone of NASCAR: A brawl. Albeit a little one, but that’s certainly nothing new for the sport.
Just a couple months ago in the same truck series, these two dudes talked it over with their fists after a late wreck:
Or how about Jeff Gordon calling out Brad Keselowski?
Another one involving Jeff Gordon, as well as Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer.
And lets not forget what may be the most infamous NASCAR brawl ever: The 1979 Daytona 500.
Plenty more where those came from, just do a quick Google search. Yep, brawling’s just another part of racing.