Last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway ended in controversy as David Starr and Noah Gragson got together with three laps to go as Starr’s tire failed, while the latter was leading the race.
Days later, it’s clear the incident is still a hot-button topic, as Gragson again referenced the contact today (March 2) in an interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
“In this form of motorsports, you should feel a tire cording,” Gragson told SiriusXM, reiterating that he doesn’t take Starr and MBM Motorsports’ excuse for the accident as worthwhile. “We corded a right-front tire in the first stage. It is really hard to get your point across with uneducated people or ignorant people.”
ICYMI: @NoahGragson tells #TMDNASCAR his feelings about the late race contact with David Starr (@starr_racing) haven't changed since Saturday night. @TheMikeBagley | @PPistone | @NASCAR_Xfinity pic.twitter.com/TrRCQhmWUm
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) March 2, 2021
For his part, Starr also responded on March 1 in a video.
“About halfway down the back straightaway, I could feel something in the right front like a tire coming apart or something broke,” he said. “I was making sure that the leader had the top lane.
“It was racing. I felt bad for Noah. He had an eight- or nine-second lead.”
Carl Long, the team owner of the No. 13 car, posted the picture of the tire that went down on social media. Long expressed that statements like those that Gragson made on Saturday will cost him.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series continues its season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.