NASCAR Fans Call Out Driver Who Shoved Reporter On Pit Lane After Race

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Ryan Blaney is one of the most popular drivers around in the NASCAR Cup Series.

But the 29-year-old is in hot water with fans this week after a video showed him shove Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass following Saturday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Blaney entered the final race of the first round of the Cup Series playoffs inside the cut line, but needing a strong finish to ensure that he advanced to the following round.

The strong finish didn’t happen. After starting in 11th position and running well early, Blaney fell off the pace and eventually finished 22nd.

Though thanks to struggles from several other playoff drivers, he still advanced to the second round. His teammate, reigning series champion Joey Logano, was not as fortunate.

“That’s what we did – survived and advanced,” Blaney said in a post-race message on Twitter. “It was not a pretty night by any means. But we ran all the laps and did what we needed to do. You’d like to have a bit more speed and just be competitive and we weren’t tonight. But we get to go on to the next round and reset and start off at Texas to see what we’ve got.

But despite advancing, it seems Blaney was too happy after the race.

Pockrass walked by Blaney while interviewing fellow driver Kevin Harvick, who is in final season prior to retiring and was eliminated from the playoff at Bristol.

While doing so, he accidentally bumped into Blaney, who responded by shoving him away. Fans were not particularly happy about the incident.

Thankfully, it appears Blaney and Pockrass quickly cleared the air.

Blaney said on Twitter that he and Pockrass spoke following the incident and were “all good.” That’s a good sign for one of the sport’s biggest stars.

As the saying goes, “rubbin’ is racin.’ “