“It’s Not a Stain for Us”—Cocky William Byron Flaunts His Team Despite $550,000 Fiasco for Hendrick Motorsports as He Calls Out NASCAR: “It Doesn’t Look Very Random, Does It?”

Published 04/09/2023, 7:57 AM EDT

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The Hendrick Motorsports fiasco does not seem to be dying down. First, they received a massive penalty and fine. However, most of the points penalties were removed. While still being embroiled in the controversy with NASCAR, two of HMS’ cars were taken to the R&D center again.

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Unsurprisingly, NASCAR had more penalties to toss at HMS to prove their point. It is not usual to see HMS drivers such as William Byron being publically vocal about things other than on-track action. However, after the second slew of punishments, Byron expressed his displeasure and called out NASCAR’s interpretation of the rule book.

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During a press conference, an unhappy Byron stated, “It doesn’t look very random, does it?” He was talking about how their cars had been repeatedly targeted for penalties.

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Despite the $550,000 situation levied on his team, the HMS driver mentioned, “It’s not a stain for us. We don’t really look outside our team. Our team has been great this year and we’ll keep it going.”

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Bankruptcy scare emerges for Hendrick Motorsports

NASCAR-related media portals have been abuzz as Hendrick Motorsports, a powerhouse team, faces a financial predicament. With substantial fines and a possibly flawed system, the racing community wonders about the team’s future.

This season, NASCAR has been unyielding, imposing hefty fines on Hendrick Motorsports. The total amount surpasses half a million dollars. Even the team’s Vice Chairman Jeff Gordon had expressed his concerns while referring to the financial troubles of Cup teams. He referred to last season’s lackluster earnings and attributed them to the sport’s broken financial model.

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As the tension builds, we ponder the future of Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR’s financial landscape. Will the governing body reevaluate its penalty approach and make it more transparent? Or will their unwavering commitment to enforcing rules push teams like HMS to the brink? Even more importantly, how will smaller teams react if presented with such a situation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.
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Nischal Kandpal

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