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TC Daily Pit Stop: William Byron Gets Points Back From Texas Penalty, 3Friends Stalling Cup Debut Until 2023, Spencer Boyd Goes Off The Grid
William Byron Penalty Amended, Points Deduction Reversed, Fine Increased to $100k
William Byron was docked 25 points and fined $50,000 following the NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway, where he spun fellow Playoff contender Denny Hamlin under caution in retaliation for an earlier incident.
The penalty knocked Byron from comfortably inside the Playoff cutline to outside the cutline and in danger of not advancing to the Round of 8.
Thursday, Byron had his appeal of the penalty heard by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel, and while the Panel actually increased Byron's fine (from $50,000 to $100,000), they rescinded the points penalty from Byron's retaliatory nudge at Texas.
Byron elevates from 10th to seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Grid with the points being restored and he is now 14 points above the cutline heading into this weekend's elimination race at the Roval.
3Friends Racing Delaying NASCAR Cup Series Debut to Next Year, Planning 10-Race Schedule
3Friends Racing (3F Racing) has elected to postpone its debut in the NASCAR Cup Series until next season, team owner Dennis Hirtz tells TobyChristie.com.
The organization was originally scheduled to make its maiden appearance at NASCAR’s top level in Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL, before continuing to compete in the final four races of the year.
Instead, Hirtz tells TobyChristie.com that the team will defer its NCS debut to 2023, where it will have a larger selection of events to choose from, as the team embarks on a 10-race schedule.
“We will postpone our debut to the 2023 season having a bigger selection of races to choose from,” said Hirtz. “We are planning to run 10 races next season. Also, it allows us to have a higher payroll through more sponsorship. The remaining races we will host our partners and potential partners showing them around the NASCAR world.”
While 3F, who according to their website appears to be receiving engines and technical support and operating out of the RCR shop in Welcome, North Carolina, is now set for a 2023 NASCAR Cup Series debut, the team has given no indications on who would be a driver for the organization.
Spencer Boyd Going ‘Off The Grid’ with New Sponsor for Season-Finale at Phoenix
You have to admit that Young's Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Spencer Boyd has a talent when it comes to landing new sponsorship. For the upcoming NCWTS season finale, Boyd will be going Off The Grid.
The apparel brand, Off The Grid Surplus, will be bringing their orange and white colors to the No. 12 truck for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway.
For Boyd, the sponsor pairing is a perfect match with his clothing and lifestyle choices.
“I wear a flat bill. Always have. I love the outdoors. Always will. I love motorsports. Obviously. So when I met Josh [Patterson], with this company that believed in so many of the same things that I do, I knew we had to partner up,” said Boyd. “They are the perfect balance of outdoors and edgy, I love their stuff. It’s exciting that they wanted their own paint scheme and I’m happy to introduce NASCAR fans to their brand.”