Denny Hamlin will have a bitter-sweet feeling about NASCAR’s Texas playoff race penalty report. The veteran will be happy reading about William Byron’s penalty. The HMS youngster has been docked 25 championship points for intentionally spinning Hamlin. He will also have to pay a $50,000 fine.
But to the dismay of Hamlin, Ty Gibbs was also penalized for his antics at Texas. Denny Hamlin co-owns the 23X1 Racing team Gibbs drives for, as Kurt Busch’s substitute. The No:23 driver was penalized for a dangerous retaliation move he made on Ty Dillon off the pit road.
Ty Gibbs’s attempts to door slam Dillon went badly. Gibbs was provoked by Dillon as he nearly collided with the former on the pit road. The move might have ended up dead as Dillon’s car was pushed toward a NASCAR official at the sidelines.
Joe Gibbs’s grandson will have to pay a $75,000 fine. The 23X1 Racing team was docked 25 owners’ points as well. The move was labeled as a “retaliatory vehicle contact on pit road with crew members/officials in close proximity; second offense” by NASCAR.
NASCAR Twitter agrees that Denny Hamlin’s employee deserves the fine
Ty Gibbs came out apologizing for his mistake on Twitter. He wrote, “I have to have a better understanding of the situation and my surroundings. I’m thankful no one was injured and will learn from it,”.
Fans on Twitter had mixed reactions to Gibbs’s penalty. Most of them were in favor of it while some disagreed on the severity. Some fans compared the difference in monetary terms issued to both Gibbs and Byron. Comments agreed that what Gibbs deserved the penalty.
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