“F1 Drivers Just Jealous” – NASCAR Fans Berate Former Lewis Hamilton Teammate for Slamming Joey Logano’s Move on William Byron

Published 05/11/2022, 1:50 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 15: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, walks the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

In the closing laps of the NASCAR Cup race at Darlington, there was an incident involving William Byron and Joey Logano. Byron was leading when Logano did a bump and run. As a result, the Hendrick Motorsports driver lost the race.

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In light of the incident, 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button had some scathing remarks. He quipped that there was no ‘talent needed’ to shove another driver into a wall.

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Admittedly, many fans hit back at Button, saying that it is how things are done in NASCAR. The likes of Dale Earnhardt was notorious for these kinds of stunts.

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In fact, Dale Sr built up a reputation based on this tactic, and was known as the ‘Intimidator’. Fans even pointed out that these kind of tactics are difficult to employ in F1 because the cars are little more delicate.

Quite a few fans even took a number of swipes at the quality of racing in Formula One. Many said that F1 was simply about following a ‘virtual pace car’. As a result, there were hardly any overtakes on the track. The bitter NASCAR fans also decreed that the F1 drivers complain at the drop of a hat when they get into some minor contact.

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Others defended Logano’s actions, suggesting that he legitimately fought his way to victory. Quite a few people observed that the most important thing in NASCAR is to win races to enter the Playoffs. So, Joey Logano pretty much put everything on the line with his last gasp bump and run on William Byron.

Suffice to say, the bump and run tactic worked spectacularly for the Team Penske driver. While a fuming Byron was left grinding the wall, Logano rabbited away, won the race and booked his Playoff berth.

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On the bright side, the #24 driver can take comfort in the fact that he is in the running for the Playoffs. He already has a Cup Series win to his name, namely at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Now, he will have to forget about the race at Darlington and look ahead to the next race. The next race at the Kansas Speedway offers the #24 driver another chance to grab a third Cup Series win. Already, Ross Chastain has levelled with him on the win counter, and there are other top drivers who are just as hungry to race. However, Byron has the caliber to tussle with them, and the car to help in his quest.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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