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NASCAR docked William Byron 25 points and fined $50,000 per spin Denny Hamlin under caution in last weekend’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Byron drops from third in the playoff standings to the cutoff line ahead of Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway (2pm ET on NBC).

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Chase Briscoe rises and holds the last transfer place with 3041 points. Austin Sindrik is the first driver outside the transfer point with 3034 points. Byron is next with 3033 points.

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Hendrick Motorsports also lost 25 owner points.

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Hendrick Motorsports said it would appeal the fine.

The warning was lifted on lap 269 Martin Truex Jr.accident. As Hamlin slowed down, Byron moved in and hit him from behind.

Byron admitted after the race that the contact was deliberate, although he didn’t want to beat Hamlin. Byron was upset by how Hamlin overtook him on lap 262. Byron felt Hamlin push him into the wall as they exited turn two side by side. Byron expressed his displeasure during the warning.

“I felt like he kicked me off the race track at (turn) 2 and hit the wall really hard,” Byron said. “It felt like the finger link was definitely bent, fortunately not completely broken. We were able to continue.

“A lot of times that kind of damage will ruin your race, especially one this strong. I totally understand how to get close to someone and make a little contact, but it was pretty big.”

Of the retaliation, Byron said, “I didn’t mean to piss him off. This is definitely not what I intended to do. I wanted to hit him a little and show my displeasure, and unfortunately I did. Obviously when he got out, I was like, ‘I didn’t mean to do this,’ but I was definitely upset.”

Hamlin and crew chief Chris Geibhart argued and questioned NASCAR for not putting Hamlin back in second place, where he was before Byron hit him, and also questioned that Byron had not been penalized.

“I think we can just smash each other as a precaution,” Hamlin said after the race.

Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, told reporters after the race that series officials did not penalize Byron because they did not see the incident.

“When we were in the tower, we paid more attention to the actual cause of the warning up there and shipped our equipment,” Miller said. “The case of William Byron and Danny Hamlin, which we did not look at. We saw Danny walking on the grass.

“By the time we got a replay that showed the incident well enough to do something about it, we were back to green.”

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will reach a breaking point on Sunday in the 500 mile race at the treacherous Talladega Superspeedway.

The biggest factor in any race at Talladega, NASCAR’s biggest circuit, is the unknown. With cars going so fast and so close together, multi-car accidents are not only possible, but expected, and it’s easy to become the innocent victim of someone else’s mistake.

MORE: NASCAR punishes William Byron for spinning Denny Hamlin

The tension doubled for the 12 playoff riders. A poor finish at Talladega could open the door to a likely playoff exit at the end of the round on Oct. 9 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

To date, non-playoff riders have won four in the playoffs, an unprecedented record. Tyler Reddick was the latest to join the list, winning last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Take a look at the riders to look out for in Talladega:


Denny Hamlin

  • Points position: 6th
  • Last three races: 10th in Texas, 9th in Bristol, 2nd in Kansas.
  • Past in Talladega: 2 career wins

Although he did not win, Hamlin finished in the top ten in all four playoff races. In the last six races at Talladega, he has finished seventh or higher four times. Now, if he can just keep people from running into him…

William Byron

  • Points position: 3rd
  • Last three races: 7th in Texas, 3rd in Bristol, 6th in Kansas.
  • Past in Talladega: Career Best Second Place

Byron is the only playoff driver to have avoided major crashes and pit stop trouble, finishing in the top ten in all four playoff races. After a penalty on Tuesday for his incident with Denny Hamlin in Texas, he sits below the cut line entering Sunday’s race.

Brad Keselowski

  • Points position: 24th
  • Last three races: 8th in Texas, 13th in Bristol, 25th in Kansas.
  • Past in Talladega: 6 wins, active leader

Even in difficult times, Keselowski is a threat at Talladega, where he last won in April 2021 (his last Cup win). He spent 268 laps there in the last 13 races.


Kyle Bush

  • Points position: 15th
  • Last three races: 36th in Texas, 34th in Bristol, 26th in Kansas.
  • Talladega Past: 1 career win, 2008

Is Busch going to steadily fade into the fog as he gets through the final weeks of his senior year at Joe Gibbs Racing? His best result in the last four races is 26th. On a positive note this week, he is the only driver to finish in the top ten in three of this year’s races at Daytona and Talladega.

Chase Elliott

  • Points position: 8th
  • Last three races: 32nd in Texas, 2nd in Bristol, 11th in Kansas.
  • Past at Talladega: 1 career win in 2019

Can Elliot bounce back from a fiery finish and 32nd in Texas? Playoff points give him some consolation, but a second career win at Talladega would have been much appreciated in Hendrick’s camp.

Martin Truex Jr.

  • Points position: 17th
  • Last three races: 31st in Texas, 36th in Bristol, 5th in Kansas.
  • Past in Talladega: Career best finish – 5th

Will one of the sport’s most enduring mysteries continue in Talladega? In the 70 starts of his career at Daytona and Talladega, the former champion and smooth driver Truex hasn’t had a single win. At Talladega, he only has three top-five finishes out of 35 starts.

The final six races in the NASCAR Cup Series race will be broadcast on NBC television.

Races remaining on the schedule include Talladega Superspeedway (October 2), Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (October 9), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (October 16), Homestead-Miami Speedway (October 23), Martinsville Speedway (October 30) and Phoenix Raceway (6 November).

The NBC broadcast team will arrive on Sunday for what is normally a seasonal event, the 500 mile race at Talladega Superspeedway. The playoffs will move to Charlotte next week for a cut-off race. The four riders with the fewest playoff points are eliminated from the championship.

Round 8 is scheduled in Las Vegas, Homestead and Martinsville, with the tiny Martinsville circuit being the final race. The four riders from Martinsville will compete for the title in Phoenix on November 6th.

The high drama of the race in Phoenix, in which the championship will go to the best finisher of the four competing riders, will be provided by both NBC and Peacock.

Post-race commentary and analysis for all six remaining cup races will be posted on Peacock.

Kyle Larson is the current champion of the series. Joey Logano leads the Sunday race in Talladega.


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