New Hampshire Truck Series race turns into fight night
For those of you who missed the Truck Series race today, you missed not only a race, but a post-race rumble. After some on-track bumping left Todd Bodine in the fence courtesy of David Starr (who dumped quite a few trucks during the race), Bodine gave him a little shove after the race, and then the crews of the two teams went at it on pit road at a level I haven’t seen in a while in NASCAR.
Bodine wasn't directly involved in the fight, but Starr got some shots in. This one was so heated between the crews -- with many fists flying, a lot of four-letter words, crew members jumping on top of trucks to get a better swing in, and multiple officials jumping in to try to stop the battle -- that the police were seen going in to speak with the NASCAR oficials after the melee.
Ron Hornaday won the race, but the brawl is what everyone will be talking about. Expect heavy fines and suspension for everyone involved on both teams. This isn’t 1979 anymore, and NASCAR doesn’t want to encourage lawlessness, rightfully so.
For the fans though, it shows just how much these teams really do care about the sport and doing well, and these Truck Series crew members felt they needed to express themselves. I don't condone this kind of violence, and they'll have to deal with the consequences, but I don't blame the Bodine crew for being upset. Starr was pretty reckless all through the race.
On top of all the fighting, the race was pretty good too, with the usual side-by-side action that you see in the Trucks series, especially on shorter tracks.
That was a good warmup for the weekend.
Now let's hope we get an exciting Cup race at New Hampshire for a change.