William Byronâs spin set off a second âBig Oneâ in Mondayâs NASCAR Playoffs race at Talladega Superspeedway. This one involved eight cars, including fellow playoff driver Joey Logano, whose No. 22 took a hard blow from the No. 24 of Byron as it moved up the track.
Byron was leading a group around the inside lane and battling Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the upper lane for the race lead when contact came from behind leading to an accordion effect and Byron losing control.
Byron went up the track and wiped out Logano in the outside lane, and afterward the No. 24 went behind the wall and out of the race. Two of Byronâs Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Alex Bowman and Jimmie Johnson, were knocked out of the race in the earlier âBig One.â
âI donât really know,â Byron said of the push from Kurt Busch. âObviously, our noses are pointed and it just jacked me right up and turned me around. I have to look at it. Yeah, it just turned me to the inside first. I donât know what to do different there to get the push better. Just unfortunate for us. We had a really good run going. I felt like we were going to at least finish pretty solid.â
Eight cars were involved in the second wreck. Besides Byron and Logano, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Paul Menard (with substitute driver Matt Crafton), Daniel Suarez, Ryan Preece and Austin Thereault were also involved in the wreck.
Byron was officially scored in 33rd place and enters the Kansas race 27 points below the cutline for the Round of 8.