Barn burner at Atlanta as Blaney blindsides Larson

Fight breaks out after Xfinity race


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Daniel Hemric the driver for the #18 Joe Gibbs car, dodges a punch from Noah Gragson the driver of the #9 car after the Xfinity series race.

Ryan Blaney captured his first win of the 2021 campaign at Atlanta leading for only 25 laps on his way to victory in the 500 mile race.
This is the sixth winner of the season, and it should have been Kyle Larson’s second win of the season.  At the end of the race, the spectators saw a very long run during which Larson was passed with less than 10 laps to go. Larson led a race high 269 laps and showed to be the dominant car especially on the short run, but a balanced Blaney was able to pass him on the final long run and Larson ended second.
The race saw a lot of the dominant teams up front along with Daniel Suarez and Chris Buescher. However, Suarez was caught with a pit road penalty that set him back resulting in a 17th place finish.  Buescher stayed up front ending in 7th.
Last week’s winner at Phoenix, Martin Truex Jr. followed his impressive performance with another top ten finishing 9th, but in the Saturday Xfinity series race he was the dominant car but finished second. In addition to Truex, other Joe Gibbs racing teammates Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell finish 4th, 5th, and 21st respectively in the Cup series race. Kyle Busch was able to capture the win in the truck series race on Saturday.
In the Xfinity, race fans in attendance saw heated action that lead to a Justin Allgaier victory. The heated action was on track and in the pits leading to a fight that occurred between drivers Noah Gragson, native  Las Vegan, and Daniel Hemric. The two had an altercation in the pits during the race where the two would eventually make contact. After the race, the two were seen exchanging a potential brief word before the two would start to throw punches at each other, and Gragson missed because Hemric dodged it like a superhero straight from the comics before he threw one of his own that appeared to connect.
Hemric would then appear to take a couple cheap shots from the crew members and a guy in street clothes that were for the Gragson team in an attempt to get the fight broken up, but then Gragson came roaring back and landed a shot or two before Nascar officials came in to truly end things. Hemric would walk away from the altercation, and receive some praise in a fist bump from his teammate Harrison Burton who has also had an altercation with Gragson in the past. Hemric finished ninth, Harrison Burton finished in third and Gragson came in fourth in the thrilling weekend at Atlanta.
NASCAR will return to the dirt for the first time in the modern era as they go to the high banks of Bristol where the Cup series and the trucks will be run, so the cup series drivers are also going to try and be in the lower series races this weekend as they look to gain more seat time for dirt racing rather than asphalt. This return takes us into the past when NASCAR was first getting started. NASCAR was originally started by outlaws who were on the run from cops when they were doing their moonshine business.
Eventually the bandits who were making the illegal modifications to their cars would turn to the tracks and race each other rather than the law. Now NASCAR has evolved into one of the premier sport leagues in the USA, and has run for 70 plus seasons where fans see thrilling high speed action, thrilling wrecks, aggravated attitudes and more on the high banks of superspeedways and the long and winding tracks of the road courses. The events that take place are usually 300+ miles in the Cup Series and can be as long as 500 laps, so some people never partake as fans in this longer sporting event.
Fields in NASCAR are rather large and field 30+ entries in all three series. The three national levels of competition are the Cup series cars, the Xfinity series cars which are slightly slower and is used as a minor league for the Cup series and finally the Truck series which is of course different as they run high powered trucks which is also a minor league for the Cup series. The minor league racing series are shorter and also see many of the younger drivers who are more aggressive and lack patience causing more hectic and chaotic racing.
Drivers in NASCAR rely on sponsors to fund their races and racing teams, so some teams may be seen as extra off pace while running a sponsorless scheme. The cars on track usually make their cars very extravagant with many colors that all coincide with the sponsors leading to some very cool looking paint schemes over the years.

Top ten for Cup Series at Atlanta
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick