The 2022 All-Star Race at Texas was one of the worst races NASCAR ever produced in its history and surely the worst Next-Gen car race outing so far because of many reasons. The 1.5 miles race saw Team Penske No:12 Ford Mustang driver Ryan Blaney securing his first win behind the wheels of a Next-Gen car after surviving a final lap caution and a penalty scare.
The controversy began when NASCAR made the premature decision to call caution in the last lap as Blaney was just crossing the finish line with Denny Hamlin running three seconds behind him at P2. Ryan Blaney and his spotter failed to spot the yellow flag which saw him faulty unhook his widow net to celebrate the win when he was informed about the yellow flag.
Ryan Blaney had to rush to get his window safety net back together before the final restart which he was partially successful as it takes more than just one man to do it from outside. NASCAR let the incomplete hooking of the net pass and didn’t call a black flag on Blaney allowing him to secure a win against Denny Hamlin, who was very critical amongst many on how NASCAR handled the situation.
Now Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the most influential ex-driver and broadcasters in the NASCAR community has come forth calling out the organization for the way they called the yellow flag and intentionally made the finish controversial in his ‘Dale Jr Download Podcast’.
Find out what Dale Earnhardt Jr. said
Dale Earnhardt Jr. claims that NASCAR intentionally put out the yellow flag as they were looking to call the caution for any reason possible. He added that the caution was out for the No:47 car just brushing the barrier and getting back up straight without any drama. Dale Earnhardt Jr. pointed out that being one of the backtrackers they weren’t many cars behind him or any car wasn’t in danger to call caution.
“It wasn’t a mistake. It was all intentional. They were looking for any reason to throw a yellow flag. And if you’ve seen the replay of the 47 car, go up there and brushing the wall, he brushes the wall momentarily and then comes down the back straightaway fine. And he’s one of the last cars on the race track. There’s nobody behind him in danger,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. went on to say NASCAR would have called any irregular issue on the last lap and put out the caution as they weren’t looking for any puff of smoke. He added that this shouldn’t have happened and it can’t be called a mistake like somebody literally tripped over a button.
“So, they were looking for any puff of smoke, any irregular issue going on to have a yellow flag in that last lap. We shouldn’t be doing that. I don’t know how you can say that’s a mistake, like somebody tripped over the button,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. added.