Despite Being Suspended, Josh Williams Hints at a Repeat of Iconic Park

Published 02/09/2024, 6:00 AM EST

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It was all about being patient and holding on to his horses for Josh William. After years of tests and tribulations, the driver can finally heave a sigh of relief. He bagged a full-time Xfinity Series seat in Kaulig Racing for the 2024 season. Moreover, this welcome news comes after a trying 2023 season where he faced a suspension for one race back in March. 

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It was back in November when the Xfinity Series driver received his big break and inked a contract with Kaulig Racing. Nevertheless, the question that remains is whether Williams will be his usual self or has toned down his temperament in the 2024 season, especially after signing with a premium team like Kaulig Racing. It seems that the answer is affirmative and the driver himself endorsed it in his interview with FOX journalist Bob Pockrass.  

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On-track antics are not an untold secret in the world of NASCAR, but very few drivers are as eccentric as Josh Williams. Instead of accepting the orders that the NASCAR had dished out, the driver found his own way to vent his frustration. The incident occurred back in March, during the Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Driving the #92 Chevrolet car for DGM Racing, Williams was caught in a crash in Turn 1 on Lap 27, and, as a result, had to return to the pit road for repairs. 

However, due to a sloppy repair, the driver dropped debris on the track on Lap 33, resulting a caution. Owing to this, the authorities requested the driver to park his car. Disagreeing with the penalty and deeming it to be unfair, the driver parked his car on the start-finish line and walked back to the pit lane after waving his hand to the spectators. This resulted in the driver being slapped with one race suspension.

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Owing to this, the driver in his interview with FOX stated, “It’s crazy the difference, how larger team like Kaulig operates on a day-to-day basis. Seeing to what I have seen in the couple of months, compare to what I have been doing in my entire Xfinity career, I mean there’s been many difference.” He further stated, “It’s nothing against smaller teams or anything like that. It’s just very hard to compete and run up front at this level. I am super excited.”

Moreover, the veteran journalist asked whether the driver would get to be Josh Williams or tone it down.

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To this, the driver retorted, “No I was told I can be Josh Williams, so that’s going to make it even more fun.”

The Kaulig Racing driver reveals his humbling experience of being able to race in the Cup Series

Apart from ticking a box in his racing career, Josh Williams is also set to appear in the Cup Series in the 2024 season, for select races. One of them was the Busch Light Clash, in the #16 Chevrolet. Moreover, it won’t be the first time that the driver will be driving in the premier series of NASCAR.

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He had a three-race stint in the Cup Series, back in 2022, after driving for Live Fast Motorsports. In his limited appearance, Williams earned a career-high 25th-place finish, in the Bristol Dirt Race and at the Indianapolis Road Course.

Nonetheless, being granted another shot at the Cup Series is surely a humbling experience for the driver. In an official statement, the driver stated, “Getting another opportunity in the Cup Series is humbling, especially with a team like Kaulig Racing.”

“I’ve been spending time in the sim with Team Chevy, and that’s been a huge help in getting comfortable and acclimated to the L.A. Coliseum. Short track racing is my background, and it doesn’t get much shorter than at The Clash. I’m ready for the challenge.”

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With just a week left in the commencement of the season, it will be interesting to see how Josh Williams fares with his new team Kaulig Racing, and be able to redeem himself from the past year’s disappointment.

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Ayantika Maitra is a NASCAR Content Analyst at EssentiallySports. Using her affinity for research and storytelling, this English major has also woven some attention-grabbing pieces that have brought the women in NASCAR into the limelight. An expert in identifying trends and understanding audience behavior, she loves taking part in core sport reporting.
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