Modified Post Race Fight Creates a Stir in Music City by Matthew Dillner and Matt Kentfield
Hossfeld vs. Loftin Carries Over From Caraway and Explodes in Nashville
When the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour stormed into the Music City Motorplex, fans were treated to a great short track duel up front. After the race, those same fans were also treated to another good ol’ short track tradition… a post-race fight.
David Hill (left) and Brian Loftin (Impact Firesuit) were not happy with eachother after the Southern Mod race at Music City Motorplex. Officials do their best to keep the situation from getting out of hand. (51 Photo)
When the race was over, Loftin’s emotions got the best of him.
“I hurt his hood,” said Loftin of hopping on the #79 Modified. “It was just heat of the moment and one of those things. It wasn’t the thing to do I am sure but it just happened.”
“I am sure it was wrong on my part. I was looking back at my racecar and it’s completely killed. It just kind of hurts when you pay for it out of your own pocket. I know there are a bunch of rich kids out here that don’t, but I do. So when somebody tears up my racecar like that it just gets under my skin.”
Word is from NASCAR officials that there will definitely be some penalties handed out from the NASCAR offices in Daytona.
“I hope they (NASCAR) do the right thing about this,” said Hill. “The first no-no is you don’t go to another guy’s pits. You let NASCAR handle it. If they do what they say they’re going to do, then we don’t have to worry about it at Greenville next week because he won’t be racing.”
“They said there were going to be some penalties,” said Loftin. “It doesn’t matter anyway because we aren’t going to be at the next race anyway. We are done for a while.”
Either way, it doesn’t look like fans will see a continuation of the drama that unfolded at Nashville for at least some time. Penalty or no penalty, the #23 machine was so torn up the team doubted it could be fixed in time anyway.
The only chance at reconciliation or revenge would then have to come somewhere away from the next race for the Tour at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. One side said that there would be no talking, the other said that if there was, it would best be outside the fences of the racetrack.
“I don’t see us talking anytime in the near future,” said Loftin. “Not from the way everything went down in there (the NASCAR hauler).”
“The best thing to do is to go out in the parking lot and duke it out,” said Hill. “And I’ll be waiting outside in the parking lot today.”
An ambulance was on stand-by for the shaken Loftin and security was on alert because both teams were pitted next to eachother. Loftin's car sits damaged in the foreground.
The two drivers got together during the season opener at Caraway Speedway one week earlier and Loftin believes the contact at Nashville was a retaliatory move by Hossfeld.
“He just flat run over me and sent me in the wall hard,” said Loftin. “It was probably the hardest I have ever hit. I would say definitely there was some retaliation. I don’t know why you want to come to one of the fastest tracks we run and do something like that. You take a chance on hurting somebody. I would have to say there was some definite retaliation there.”
“Last week they spun me and we got into it arguing a little bit,” said Hossfeld of the Caraway get-together. “They had yelled at Roger (car owner Roger Hill) who had just had heart surgery, which was really disrespectful. To get a guy wound up who isn’t feeling well, after having a five by-pass…luckily now he’s healthy, feeling good and everything, but he just had it a couple months ago. They were yelling and getting everyone riled up and everything. But that was last week.”
Over the shoulders of Andy Seuss’ victory lane celebration, quite a crowd of crew members and officials gathered as a ruckus broke out between Brian Loftin and his #23 team and Chuck Hossfeld and his Hillbilly Motorsports #79 gang.
Bobby Loftin, Brian’s dad and spotter, was arguing with Hossfeld. A punch was thrown by Mr. Loftin and the melee ensued.
“They must’ve thought I wrecked them,” said Hossfeld. “They came over here and his dad punched me. It wasn’t a very tough punch. I’ve been hit by people a lot harder than that. That was just a low-class move.”
That’s when the commotion really started. Witnesses say Brian Loftin then took out his aggression on the #79 car itself by jumping on the hood of the racecar. David Hill, crew chief and son to the owner of Hossfeld’s ride, took exception to the move and tried to go after Loftin. Officials and others held the two parties apart so no further punches were thrown, but the scene did get pretty dicey.
“After the race, Bobby Loftin comes out of the grandstands where he was spotting and comes down here and sucker punched Chuck in my pits,” said Hill. “All I did was hold on to him to keep him away from chuck. Then the rest of his crew comes down here and here comes Brian and he jumps on my hood. That’s when I got mad. You don’t do that.
“He (Chuck) said Loftin pushed him down the backstretch and we never hit him in the corner and he just drove up into the marbles and into the fence. Next thing I know, all his guys are coming over here saying ‘I’m gonna punch you out’ and all.”
Brian Loftin sees the story from another point of view. He knows things got a little too heated after the race but thinks what happened on the track was flat-out wrong. Loftin, visibly shaken from his hard hit into the wall in Nashville, spoke to Speed51.com in his toter-home shortly after a four-way discussion with Hill, Hossfeld, and his dad in the NASCAR Hauler.
Burt Myers chose not to use the front bumper of his #1 to get the lead. (51)
(Above) Brian Lotin and his father Bobby were pretty fired up after the race. If you look closely you can see Bobby Loftin's scraped up face from the incident. (Below) The Loftins leave the closed door meeting in the NASCAR hauler.