It has already been a crazy Cup Series season thus far, and Ross Chastain has grabbed the attention of almost everybody in the NASCAR world. Following the drama filled post-race scuffle between himself and Noah Gragson at Kansas Speedway, things haven't really quieted down so to speak. The fight occurred after Gragson was upset about how aggressive Chastain had been racing him. He let the Trackhouse Racing driver know how he felt about it. Gragson shoved and grabbed a hold of Chastain, only for Ross to land a punch on Gragson before they were separated by security.
Fans shouldn't expect much more drama from the two as the series heads to Darlington Raceway this weekend. Or, at least according to Chastain. The 30-year-old made sure to publicly settle any perceived beef between himself and Noah when asked about the incident on The Pat McAfee Show.
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"We are, man," Chastain told A.J. Hawk when the former NFL star asked if he and Gragson were "all right."
"Noah and I have known each other for several years, and we train together. We prepare together. We've been in separate series for a little bit. Now we're both in the Cup Series, exactly where we want to be. We are both out there trying to prove ourselves, we're both trying to get to where we want to be and stay in the Cup Series. It's not easy. There are only 36 seats."
Chastain went on to say that he and Noah had spoken since the Kansas incident and seemingly hashed things out.
"We're good. We talked on Monday on the phone, and then were were together talking micro-sprint cars Monday night," Chastain said. "We worked out together this week. It's good. It's done and over with. We've been able to move on and laugh about it now, weren't exactly laughing on Sunday."
That isn't the only driver Chastain has ruffled feathers with since he started driving for Trackhouse. Chastain had a run-in with Kyle Larson back at Dover. That hasn't quite been settled, so it wouldn't be surprising if the two had some more problems later on this season.
This is just who Ross Chastain is — a hard-racing driver who's competitive style seems to rub plenty of drivers the wrong way. But, if the other drivers can't handle their beef with the driver of the No. 1, then he's already got them beat. Kind of sounds a little bit like NASCAR's favorite "Intimidator," doesn't it?
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