Late in the race, Nick Sanchez tried to force the issue up the middle in a three-wide situation. He and Crafton made contact, igniting a pileup that involved several trucks.

According to eyewitnesses and video taken of the incident, shortly after the completion of Saturday’s race, Crafton approached Sanchez from behind near Sanchez’s transporter in the garage area and tapped him on the shoulder. Sanchez immediately turned around and Crafton struck Sanchez.

Asked what he plans to do at Homestead, Sanchez said, “Try to win the race.”


NASCAR is still gathering info from the fight between Crafton and Sanchez to determine if any penalties. Sanchez said he didn‘t need any stitches but indicated his nose might be broken. Said he got sucker punched.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 30, 2023

Nick Sanchez out of the care center, here‘s what he had to say. #NASCAR

— Noah Lewis (@Noah_Lewis1) September 30, 2023


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