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Report: Driver Allegedly Pulls Gun on Race Crew

Bobby Hamilton Jr. in a 2008 file photo.
Bobby Hamilton Jr. in a 2008 file photo. (Getty)

We've seen fisticuffs on the race track many times (as recently as three weeks ago).

But guns?

A race crew says driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. pulled a gun on them Saturday night at the Highland Rim Speedway in Tennessee, TV station WSMV in Nasheville reports.

According to the report, the incident occurred after driver Anthony Walker and Scott Thompson, a member of his crew, got into a heated argument with Hamilton, who runs the track in Greenbrier, Tenn.. The argument apparently started after Hamilton disqualified Walker's stock car, which was entered in the race, for not being the proper weight.

When Walker and Thompson demanded a refund of their entry fee, they say Hamilton responded by brandishing a gun.

"He cocked it back and started waving it around. Saying, I'll pop it, I'll pop it. I'll pop it," Thompson told WSMV. "I've never had a gun pointed at me, and I definitely didn't like it."

Hamilton disputed the story. He claims he was acting in self defense after crewmembers followed him and made moves to their pockets, adding that they had pocket knives.

"I was almost surrounded," Hamilton said. "I kept watching their hands, watching their gestures, they kept getting more frustrated, about the time their hands go in their pockets, about the time they were coming out, they charged, and that's when I said, 'not today, not today.'"

According to the station, the local police chief said Hamilton has a gun permit and no charges were filed because it was a "he said, she said" situation.