Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski Brawl After NASCAR at Charlotte

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 12, 2014


A major fight broke out following Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin took offense to Brad Keselowski's actions on the track.

Here's video of the incident:

Kevin Harvick's victory was overshadowed by the wild scene, which stemmed from Keselowski hitting Hamlin during the cool-down lap. The two drivers had words after the race, and Hamlin had to be restrained. Kenseth, Hamlin's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, then chased down Keselowski, leading to a scuffle between the two crews.

Hamlin provided his thoughts on the matter, via ESPN's NASCAR Twitter feed:

As ESPN's Marty Smith pointed out, the post-race actions from Kenseth were out of character:

Marty Smith @MartySmithESPN

Known M.Kenseth since 1998. That is by far the most pissed off I've ever seen him. He was livid that BK hit his car after MK was unbuckled.

Still, the 42-year-old veteran seems to have plenty of support in the animosity toward Keselowski and his actions. Jeff Gordon also commented on the matter, albeit in a slightly more reserved manner, via Fox Sports' Jay W. Pennell:

Jay W. Pennell @jaywpennell

.@JeffGordonWeb: "Obviously there's some built up animosity towards Brad. I better hold the rest of my thoughts." #NASCAR

Keselowski shot back with his own retort, via NASCAR on ESPN:

Smith had more from Keselowski:

Marty Smith @MartySmithESPN

Brad Keselowski told me "They hit me and I hit em back. That's not the lesson you want to teach your kids, but this isn't the schoolyard."

It's an absolutely wild way to end the night, and with all three racers still alive in the Chase, next week's race at Talladega Speedway is going to be extremely interesting.

WCCB Charlotte's Kelli Bartik had Kevin Harvick's thoughts on how the new format impacts things:

Kelli Bartik @KelliBartik

Kevin Harvick on drama: 'Let me tell ya how intense it is. You've got Matt Kenseth starting fights. That's how intense this new format is.'

We can only hope that everyone is on their best behavior on the track, but judging by Saturday night, there's no guarantee in that coming to fruition.


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