Jeb Burton wasn’t able to complete the first lap of the race Friday night before a spin put him into the wall and Harrison Burton had a chance to win before Noah Gragson ran him into the wall adding some post race fireworks as the two got into a physical altercation.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series held back-to-back races at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday and Friday night. Halifax native Jeb Burton — son of former NASCAR drive Ward Burton — only raced Thursday night and started in third position. On the first lap, he got loose on the bottom of the track and slid up the track and collected Brandon Jones with him in the wreck. Jeb Burton said on Twitter after the race that the car “just wouldn’t stick.”
Harrison Burton, son Jeff Burton, finished in 17th position on Thursday night and had a much better run on Friday. He led 12 laps of the race and after a late caution was in third position with 13 laps to go.
During the final laps of the race, Burton and Gragson were racing side-by-side when Gragson slid up the track and ran Burton into the wall. Burton was never able to recover with so few laps remaining and slipped back to 12th place, which was the last car on the lead lap.
After the race Burton, 19, confronted Gragson, 21, about the incident that cost Burton a Top 5 finish. The confrontation turned physical with pushing, shoving and punches being thrown. Team members for both drivers stepped in to separate the two.
Burton was asked about the incident live on FS1 after the race.
“He put us in the fence at Charlotte and now here. I had a lot of people coming up to me afterwards telling me that (confrontation) was a long time coming,” Burton said in his FS1 interview. “I was just frustrated,” he added.
Both Burtons head to Texas on Saturday for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at 3 p.m. on NBCSN.