Kyle Larson Takes a Potentially Controversial Stance on Hendrick Motorsports Teammate’s 25-Point Penalty : “They Probably Made a Bigger Mistake”

Published 09/30/2022, 1:30 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

The Texas Motor Speedway left two NASCAR Cup Series drivers with monetary fines and point penalties. The governing body accused William Byron and Ty Gibbs of rough driving on the track. However, there was more to it than just that. Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson revealed why the fine was not justified.

In a recent episode of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Kyle Larson opened up about his views on the William Byron and Denny Hamlin incident at the Texas Motor Speedway race. Moreover, he discussed the implications of the penalty imposed by NASCAR on William Byron and his team.

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During his conversation, Larson shared that according to him, the penalty does not seem fair. Furthermore, he mentioned that this could have been avoided if NASCAR had done its job better. He said, “25 points was pretty extreme. And if NASCAR would have just probably done their job in the moment, whatever that may have been – you know, put them at the tail of the longest line, even penalize them a lap – he (William Byron) would have overcome that and it wouldn’t have been a 25-point or 25-position loss. He wouldn’t have finished probably where he did but he would have finished better than what 25 points (penalty) is.”

Mar 27, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) before the start of the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Moving ahead, Larson explained why he feels NASCAR made a mistake. He shared, “I think that’s a little bit wrong. They both made mistakes. William made a mistake. And NASCAR, I feel like, in the end, they probably made a bigger mistake by claiming that they missed it.”

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Larson concluded by saying that if NASCAR had done its job a little bit better, all of it would have got handled at the moment. And after the declaration of the penalty, the team wouldn’t be looking at a 25-points penalty.

Why Kyle Larson feels NASCAR could have done better?

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During the Texas Motor Speedway race, Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron spun out Denny Hamlin while the race was under caution. His action was a retaliation to what happened at Turn 2 earlier in the race. At the second turn, Hamlin pushed Byron towards the inside wall (although no contact was made).

Mar 27, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) during the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

However, even though Byron was at fault, Larson believes that NASCAR made a bigger mistake. During the race, no NASCAR official called out Byron for breaking the rules. In fact, in a post-race interview, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President admitted to their mistake.

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He said that they did not have eyes on what happened with Hamlin and Byron, as they were busy investigating the cause behind the caution. And due to this, Larson believes that the post-race penalty is extreme and could have been avoided if necessary steps were taken by the governing body on the track.

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Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgrad in English Literature, she has worked as a content writer for a while now. With over three years of experience in the field and hundreds of articles published on the web, Devyani has now associated with EssentiallySports to start her journey in the world of sports journalism.

Edited By: Pritam Priyedarshi

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