The National Motorsports Appeal Panel has amended the penalties assessed to William Byron and the No. 24 Nascar Chevy team for a retaliatory act against the No. 11 Toyota TRD Camry of Denny Hamlin at Texas Motor Speedway on September 25th.
According to a report from Nascar, Byron’s penalty now consists of a $100,000 fine and no championship points deduction. Initially, the sanctioning body ruled that Byron’s No. 24 Nascar Chevy team would be docked 25 driver points, 25 owner points and Byron himself would be fined $50,000.
With the points deduction, Byron’s No. 24 Camaro ZL1 was in danger of being eliminated from the Playoffs heading into this weekend’s cutoff race at the Charlotte Roval. However, now that the points deduction has been amended, Byron has been bumped ahead of the cutoff line and will have a better shot at advancing when the Round of 12 concludes this Sunday.
At Texas Motor Speedway, Byron claimed that Hamlin had chased him up the racetrack, forcing the No. 24 Camaro into the wall and damaging it. Byron retaliated under a caution flag that flew about 10 seconds later, ramming his No. 24 Camaro into the back of the No. 11 Camry and sending Hamlin spinning across the infield. The two drivers were running near the front at the time of initial contact, but the spin caused Hamlin to lose track position.
This act was found to be in violation of Sections 4.3.A and 4.4.C of the Nascar Member Code of Conduct, which refer to “intentionally wrecking another vehicle, whether or not that vehicle is removed from Competition as a result” and “any actions deemed to compromise the safety of an Event or otherwise pose a dangerous risk to the safety of Competitors, Officials, spectators, or others.”