Insider Discloses Hendrick Star William Byron Opened a “Can of Worms” With Joey Logano Example

Published 09/29/2022, 11:30 AM EDT
Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) go below the double yellow line coming out of turn 4 on the final lap during the Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier at the Texas Motor Speedway, William Byron got on the bad side of Denny Hamlin. During a caution, the #24 Hendrick Motorsports driver bumped Hamlin and caused him to spin off. Naturally, the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing driver was furious. What made him even angrier, was the fact that NASCAR officials missed the incident. In light of this, NASCAR spotter Brett Griffin spoke about the incident.

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He said, “Let’s say that Joey Logano is running first and a caution comes out. Ryan Blaney is running 3rd, and in the middle is a pickle with William Byron. The first two are in the Playoffs, they are competing for a championship. The caution comes out and Ryan Blaney just runs over P2, taking William Byron completely out of the race. Oh, now Joey Logano’s got an easy championship win. That is the can of worms that is opened up here.”

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What else did he say about the William Byron-Denny Hamlin incident?

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Later on, the officials finally decided to punish Byron and it dented his Playoff chances. However, one has to wonder what would have happened if the penalty was given in a timely manner. According to Brett Griffin, Hamlin lost out through no fault of his own. He also questions how NASCAR managed to miss such an incident when there were several monitors recording the race.

Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) races during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Griffin continued, “Are we going to allow drivers to wreck other drivers under yellow, with no penalty? Does Denny Hamlin deserve to get his spot back? I don’t know the answer to that question. He lost his spot, he did not maintain race speed, but it wasn’t his fault. Now should Denny Hamlin be allowed to drive back up there and do all the things he did to William Byron? No, he 100% should not be able to do that. You tell me, they did not see that on their 42 monitors.”

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Unfortunately for Hamlin, there is little that he can do about what transpired in Texas. Now, he will be looking forward to the coming weekend’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway. Though one has to wonder whether the race will be affected by Hurricane Ian.

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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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