Due to their involvement in two distinct accidents during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, NASCAR handed down severe penalties to two drivers on Tuesday.
In the driver and team owner standings, Denny Hamlin was moved out of position by William Byron during a caution period in the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 on Sunday.
As a result, William Byron lost 25 points and was fined $50,000.After being in third position, the loss of points pushes Byron below the cutline in the race for the playoffs.
Ty Gibbs was hit by Ty Dillon on pit road and given a $75,000 fine. The 19-year-old Gibbs, who has replaced Kurt Busch for 23XI Racing in 10 Cup Series appearances,
NASCAR fans' responses to the sanctions have been conflicted.In the race on Sunday, no driver received a penalty.
The YellaWood 500 at Talladega will take place on Sunday, continuing the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.