Watch the video of the Martinsville Speedway chaos from Saturday
On Saturday, Martinsville Speedway is hosting a big short track racing event. The Late Model Stock cars sanctioned by NASCAR Roots unload for 200 laps in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.
Watch the Martinsville fight video below.
A full field of cars showed up at the half-mile track for a chance to make the feature. 23 cars lined up for the first heat race of the afternoon. Heat races are set for just a short 25 lap sprint.
The #41 of Davey Callihan started last on the field in 23rd as the #1D of Andrew Grady started 21st.
With 3 laps to go in heat one, Andrew Grady slammed the wall off turn two. The impact with the wall was enough to break the trackbar and skew the rearend by several inches.
Grady came to a stop on the race track, unable to drive his machine to the pits. But, the driver himself wasn’t done putting on a show as he climbed from his car in a hurry.
As Callihan drove by under caution, Grady ran down the banking, pointing his finger at Callihan’s machine. Grady then turned around and climbed into the ambulance for a ride to the infield.
NASCAR threw the red flag. They cleaned up the track to allow the heat race to finish under the green flag.
NASCAR fight at Martinsville
After the race was over, the entire field pulled off the track and drove through the infield. Grady was already standing there on standby.
Grady reached into the cockpit of Callihan’s machine. As the No. 41 driver sat inside his car, Grady attempted to throw about 6 punches, with most of them connecting.
Grady then took a step back from the car and kicked the door for good measure. At this point, several crew members arrived at the scene.
The first crew member grabbed Grady and pushed him away from Callihan’s machine. Grady shoved that crew member out of the way and lungded back toward the driver’s window. He grabbed at Callihan’s suit, attempting to pull him out of the window.
That’s when a much more sizeable crew member stepped in. The man locked his arms around grady’s waist, picked him up from behind and carried him away from the machine.
It appeared that the crew members were a part of Grady’s team, though that’s unconfirmed.
Callihan qualified for the main event. He grabbed the final transfer spot from heat 1.
Davey Callihan comments after the fight
“Me and the #1 car had a bit of an issue getting into [turn] one there,” Davey Callihan told Race 22.
“I felt like I was inside enough there for him to give him a little more room than he did. He kinda pinched me down there and I just didn’t give an inch. You gotta fight for your life, for a transfer spot to get in the show.”
“Unfortunately, we locked tires and it wheel hopped me onto him. It is what it is. Obviously, he wasn’t too pumped on it. So, he decided to throw a few shots inside the car.”
“But, that’s water under the bridge, we’re going to race the ValleyStar 300.”
Andrew Grady comments after the altercation
“He flipped me off, so I started Mike Tysoning his head,” Grady told Matt Weaver.
“At the end of the day, we were really really good. The car was really fast but you get these dumbasses that come in here and run with us. And they have no business running a late model, much less a lawnmower.”
“He wasn’t close, he dive-bombed me. He hooked me and wrecked Brandon Pierce in the process. I wanted to talk to him and he flipped me off so I started Mike Tysoning his head.”
“You’re in a big-boy sport. When you wreck a man, you take a grown-man ass-whooping, that’s how I feel.”