Denny Hamlin and William Byron crashed throughout Sunday’s crazy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway under both green and yellow flags.
Denny Hamlin pushed up after getting the dirty air of Martin Truex Jr. up front as he duelled side-by-side with William Byron.
Byron ran against the outside wall while pushing up the track. Later, while Truex was spinning due to a broken tyre, Byron collided with Hamlin as he was slowing down.
After spinning through the grass, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota dropped many spots. Then, while being cautious, he started bugging Byron’s car’s back end. NASCAR didn’t take any action despite the No. 11 team’s request to have Byron penalised for the accident. Nevertheless, NASCAR then stated that they may still be facing a penalty this week because they initially missed the contact while the flag was yellow.
Hamlin indicated that if he got back to Byron, he would move or crash the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Hamlin promised over the radio to give the penalty himself. But he never really had the chance. Both drivers shared their thoughts on the accident shortly after the race.
“Yeah, he ran me out of room,” said Byron. “The toe link. We’re lucky we finished. It was really, really hard contact. It wasn’t like just a light contact or anything like that. Yeah, I didn’t mean to obviously spin him out over there. Obviously I’m pissed off, just not going to get run like that. We’ve always raced so well together. I don’t know what it was all about. The No. 19 (Truex) took his air away, he ran out of racetrack, so he chose to run me out of racetrack completely.
“Again, look, it’s not like it was just contact. I thought we were going to be done.”
“I mean, obviously, yeah, I went to go show my displeasure,” he explained. “I didn’t mean to hit him and spin him out. There’s a ton of guys that do this and go do something like that. I see it all the time. I’m just not going to get run like that. There’s really no reason. We’re running second and third I think. Had a shot to win. Killed our car, for sure. That was a bummer.”
Byron came to the conclusion that although they will “probably talk,” he also believed that “we handled it” on the racetrack.
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