HMS Starboy Fires Shots at NASCAR as He Demands More Attention at Safety

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DARLINGTON, SC – SEPTEMBER 05: Alex Bowman, 48 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally,William Byron, 24 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta,Chase Elliott, 9 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Napa/Childrens and Kyle Larson, 5 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com during the running of the NASCAR, Motorsport, USA Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 on September 5, 2021 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire AUTO: SEP 05 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff – Cook Out Southern 500 Icon2109053692500
In a whirlwind of rubber-burning drama and heart-pounding collisions, Hendrick Motorsports star William Byron has ignited the racetrack with his demand for attention to driver safety in the NASCAR realm. With the haunting echoes of a recent head-on collision still ringing in our ears, the racing world holds its breath as a titanic clash of wills unfolds between Byron and the adrenaline-fueled speed demons of NASCAR.
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In a recent interview in Darlington, William Byron expressed concerns about safety measures in NASCAR, particularly following recent incidents involving drivers Ryan Preece and Ryan Blaney.
William Byron’s safety crusade shakes NASCAR
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When asked about his interaction with Ryan Preece, who recently showed up with bloodshot and bruised eyes, Byron acknowledged the severity of the situation. The young driver didn’t hesitate to point out that improvements can still be made in NASCAR’s safety protocols. Byron highlighted the physical ordeal that both Preece and Blaney went through in their respective crashes, saying,
“Yeah, definitely a different sight than we’ve seen in a while. I will say, the sprint car wrecks and some of the midget wrecks – I see guys that have had that happen.. not very often, but sometimes when they have flips. So a different sight, definitely, for a NASCAR driver to go through.” “Yeah, hopefully we can continue to make it better. I think Ryan Blaney’s wreck and Ryan Preece’s – it was great to see those guys be OK. We’ve made a lot of progress, but I still feel like there’s some elements of that crash that could be a little bit better, like we talked about on Thursday – just the interaction with the grass and all those things. Hopefully, just keep making it better.”
During Lap 95 of the Coke Zero Sugar 400, Ryan Blaney survived a harrowing head-on collision. Astonishingly, he not only lived to tell the tale but attributes his survival to NASCAR’s relentless commitment to safety advancements. Blaney’s #12 Team Penske Ford Mustang bore the brunt of the crash, yet he emerged with a sore body rather than a sore head. The recent changes that softened the front clips of NASCAR Cup Series cars played a pivotal role in cushioning the impact, allowing Blaney to walk away from what could have been a catastrophic accident.
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Amid twisted metal and the echoes of a heart-stopping impact, Blaney’s car wreckage is a goldmine of information that could reshape the future of NASCAR safety. And he is not the only driver suffering in the current NASCAR Cup season.
Ryan Blaney’s wreckage holds key to future decisions
The G-forces involved in this crash dwarfed those from a previous incident at Nashville Superspeedway, leaving Blaney in awe of the limits he had pushed. While he remained coy about the exact numbers, it’s clear that the crash pushed his physical boundaries to new heights.
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NASCAR’s commitment to safety is a recurring theme. Safety measures have continuously evolved following the Talladega Superspeedway crash involving Kyle Larson and Ryan Preece. Blaney’s survival is a testament to the life-changing impact of NASCAR’s dedication to enhancing driver protection.
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Blaney’s car wreckage is a treasure trove of data for future safety innovations. His feedback on mouthpiece data and car insights is invaluable, showcasing his determination to steer NASCAR toward even safer races.
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With the thunderous crash at Daytona in his rearview mirror, Ryan Blaney steers his ship toward uncharted waters. The lure of his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series title beckons, a beacon of glory on the horizon.

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