“Tf They Gon Do” – NASCAR Fans Hit Out at Hendrick Motorsports’ Audacious Bid to Appeal William Byron’s Penalty for Denny Hamlin Incident

Published 09/28/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

William Byron’s adventures in Texas, where he push and spun Denny Hamlin under caution, helped him earn a massive penalty, which might ruin his playoff chances. However, even after footage emerged of Byron intentionally hitting Hamlin, Hendrick Motorsports decided it would be fun to appeal the decision as if they were not at fault.

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NASCAR journalist Bob Pockrass revealed, Hendrick Motorsports will appeal the 25-point penalty and $50,000 fine to Byron.”

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The incident began when Hamlin had reportedly forced Byron into the fence at turn 2. Byron thought the best way to retaliate would be to punt him off the track. But he did so right as a caution fell on the track, leading him deep into controversy.

Winning such an appeal is going to be nearly impossible for the Hendrick outfit, especially when there was visual confirmation that Byron did ram into Hamlin, that too under caution. Fans saw through the plot of it and called out Hendrick Motorsports’ audacity in filing an appeal on the matter.

NASCAR fans react to Hendrick Motorsports’ audacity to file an appeal

Fans called out Hendrick Motorsports to call for an appeal over William Byron’s penalty decision. They asked what would happen after they lost the penalty.

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

Some fans suggested that perhaps they wanted to run the appeal to try and incur fewer losses from the penalty. Some even joked as to what would they say when defending their appeal with the officials at NASCAR. One fan suggested that perhaps Hendrick knew that NASCAR would play favoritism with them and that they might have a chance at winning the appeal in some or the other way.

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Regardless, if the penalty remains that would send Byron below the cutoff for the playoffs and make his next run extremely hard to remain in contention. Do you agree with what others have to say regarding the incident and the appeal later filled by the team? Let us know in the comments below.

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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.

Edited By: Nizamul Haque Bhuyan

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