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The Quaker State 400 was an interesting race day for NASCAR fans. Even though there were so many incidents that made it special, William Byron’s win was really a fascinating topic of conversation. No doubt, Byron raced well on the track, but his winning the race is still a hard-to-digest fact for many. Not just NASCAR critics but also drivers, including Denny Hamlin, have mixed feelings about William’s win 

Denny Hamlin, in a recent episode of his podcast, talked about the Atlanta race in detail. The No. 11 Toyota Camry driver shared his opinions on NASCAR’s controversial decision, and whether it was really worth it. If we look at it, that decision is what might have led to William Bayron winning the race. 

“I think it was just cuz he stayed out” – Denny shares his contrasting views 

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Denny was accompanied by Jared Allen for his podcast, “Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin“. During a conversation about the weather at Atlanta, Jared asked Hamlin, “Is it worth sending the drivers back out there to run 5 to 10 laps, change a couple of positions, and then get caught behind the 8 ball, in the rain and then you have a mess and then the whole night is kind of ruined because?” Hamlin answered that in reference to William’s win. 

To whether it was an ideal decision by NASCAR to make drivers run in harsh climate conditions or not, Hamlin said, “Yeah, I mean, I don’t know the answer to that either.

Adding to this, he further mentioned William’s win at the race track. In this reference, he said, “Because, like, should William have won the race? I mean, I think it was just cuz he stayed out, right?”

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Denny further added to the last statement, “Yeah. He was one of the cars that stayed out, and there were a bunch of cars that were staying out. McDowell stayed out. He was about to run out of gas, I think. I don’t know, I don’t know the answer to that and what’s the right answer”. 

Denny Hamlin was clearly puzzled about whether William deserved the winner’s title or not. But he didn’t deny that Rain mixed up the orders, giving William an advantage.

Denny Hamlin believes William was definitely fast at the Atlanta

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NASCAR has been facing a lot of criticism over William Bayron’s win at Atlanta. The HMS driver was penalized for the tire mishap at the pit road, which forced him to start right from the back. Following this, he was spun off after getting bumped by Corey LaJaoie, causing a flat tire.

With a lot of hits and spins, followed by heavy rainfall, the race halt proved to be a blessing for the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro driver. When NASCAR decided not to continue the race, William Bayron was announced as the winner. It wasn’t just surprising for the fans, but also for the driver himself.

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After winning the race, Bayron said “Honestly, I don’t completely understand this one. It’s a really good feeling, I’ve never had a rain victory like this.”

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But the changed positions don’t change the fact that William was not good on the tracks this weekend. Supporting this statement, Denny Hamlin said in the same podcast, “Certainly, we’ve had some. Finish that you know it, that the orders got mixed up because of rain, right? And so I’m not sure I mean, William, if he had enough laps, you probably would have driven up there. He was fast enough to do that.” So even though his win was definitely unexpected, it doesn’t make him less worthy of it. 

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Although not everyone is happy with NASCAR’s decision to make William Bayron the winner at Atlanta, he is a winner after all. And despite unfortunate incidents at the track this weekend, there’s a great chance that he would have gotten the winner’s pole.

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