Fistfight Breaks Out Between NASCAR Drivers at Martinsville Speedway (VIDEO)
A fist fight broke out between two NASCAR drivers this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer, two longtime rivals, got into a brawl after the race.
Brandon Jones overtook Ty Gibbs on the last lap of a two-lap sprint to the finish and won at Martinsville Speedway on Friday night for his fifth career victory, and one that set off a brawl on pit road when it was over.
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On the final restart, which followed a number of cautions, Gibbs opted to start on the inside lane and had to outrun Jones, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, also on the inside while running second. Jones got inside him several times, then finally grabbed the top spot while Gibbs got caught up in a mess.
When it was over, Gibbs and longtime rival Sam Mayer, both of whom were racing for a $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus, came to blows on pit road. Gibbs was wearing his helmet, while Mayer was not, and when Mayer pushed him, Gibbs threw a punch and they came together in a melee as others tried to break it up.
There’s a FIGHT between Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer!
(Via @NASCAR_Xfinity) pic.twitter.com/7kCCLbS7Il
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) April 9, 2022
“I tried to talk to him and he got all in my face and at that point, we’ve got to start fighting,” Gibbs said. “We got put in a bad position there.”
Sam Mayer told reporters that Gibbs walked over to him and made the first move.
Sam Mayer gives his side of the story about the tangle with Ty Gibbs: pic.twitter.com/61YVXcf1wW
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 9, 2022