Cole Custer tackled John Hunter Nemechek after the end of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario on Sept. 4.
During the race, Nemechek bumped the rear of Custer’s truck several times, pushed Custer's vehicle onto the grass and won (video below).
After the race, Custer ran after Nemechek, who was waiting on the track during an official review, and tackled him.
The two drivers fell to the ground, and were soon separated.
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"I got taken out," Custer said afterwards. "He hit me going into the second to race corner and he hit me again."
I caught the double-zero there and we didn't wreck him for the win. Rubbin's racing, but if I would've been in the same spot, he would've done the same thing to me to get a win. You have to do everything you can to get a win here, but I can't thank all my guys enough. They worked their butts off.
Nemechek was asked if he planned to talk to Custer, and replied: "No, we'll just kind of see where it goes. If we have a conversation, we will. If not, we won't."
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Yahoo! Sports writer Nick Bromberg reports that several NASCAR racers thought it was less than a savory win.
Jeff Burton tweeted: "Winning should be honorable," while Clint Bowyer added, "Hmmm, that was pretty dirty!" and Elliott Sadler opined: "That was dirty racing at its best."
But if you’re upset with Nemechek’s driving style, asking NASCAR for a penalty may be fruitless. The sanctioning body has prided and promoted full-contact racing for the win. Sunday’s finish sure fits that bill.
And in an area where there’s a whole lot of gray, asking NASCAR to draw a line in the sand of what’s fair when it comes to racing for a win and what isn’t is a request for way too much intervention.