Denny Hamlin was battling for P2 of the late stages in Sunday’s Cup Series Autotrader 500 at Texas Motor Speedway when HMS William Byron squeezed slightly him into the wall.
Cup Series Playoff contenders William Byron and Denny Hamlin started a rivalry Sunday at Texas, as Byron took exception of being run into the wall by Hamlin and avenged by spinning Hamlin coming to a caution.
The JGR driver has sent out numerous warning to drivers who have wrecked him this season especially Track House Racing No. 1 Ross Chastai, however there might be a fresh for in No. 24 William Byron.
Byron didn’t like Hamlin’s move, and when the caution came out for race leader Martin Truex Jr. blowing a tire and backing into the wall on lap 268, Byron decided to exact revenge.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 26, 2022
The driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro pulled up behind Hamlin’s No. 11 car and sent Hamlin spinning through the infield grass.
Hamlin admitted he was ready to take matter into his own hands when NASCAR didn’t call a penalty for Byro n.
“I’ll give him the penalty if he comes back to me,” Hamlin said to his team over the radio
NASCAR’s Scott Miller acknowledges they missed the Byron/Hamlin
“When we were in the tower, we were paying more attention to the actual cause of the caution up there and dispatching our (safety) equipment,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller said after the race.
“The William Byron, Denny Hamlin thing we had no eyes on. We saw Denny go through the grass and by the time we got to the replay that showed the incident well enough to do anything to it, we’d gone back to green.
But I’m not sure that that issue is completely resolved as of yet. So we’ll be looking at that when we get back to work.”
Denny Hamlin to his Twitter to shoot back at Scott Miller claims about the missed penalty.
They missed it? What a f*#k joke. It played on the screen 5 times during caution. Hamlin Tweeted
They missed it? What a f*#k joke. It played on the screen 5 times during caution.
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 26, 2022
Hamlin received a penalty for his move, dropping him all the way to 15th place leaveing him frustrated.