The finish line is always going to be a place where some of the biggest storylines emerge from any NASCAR Cup Series or Xfinity Series race. However, it’s not often that the finish line is involved with a wild situation while the race is still happening.
That was the case on Saturday when Josh Williams parked his car on the finish line and got out following news that he had been penalized over debris on the track.
After Williams’ car was hit while racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a piece of debris fell off his car and onto the track. According to a NASCAR rule, if a damaged vehicle doesn’t enter pit road at the first opportunity, the car can incur a penalty or not be permitted to continue racing.
That’s what happened to Williams, who was told to end his race, and he decided that he would simply park his car at the finish line, get out, and walk away.
Josh Williams parked it … literally … on the start-finish line. pic.twitter.com/e42EV2u21g
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 18, 2023
As you can imagine, the NASCAR world had a lot to say about the shocking incident.
King type move. https://t.co/CMrkDJB4tO pic.twitter.com/qbA3ffmhdW
— S1ap: RFK’s Strongest Soldier (@S1apSh0es) March 18, 2023
wait NASCAR parked josh williams because a piece of TAPE came off his car???
yeah now it makes sense why josh is so mad
— Jordan (rimegepant) (@notcodyware) March 18, 2023
Did Josh Williams see this tweet while he was driving? https://t.co/uCBQk4QCxG
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) March 18, 2023
That ***REALLY*** extended the caution… https://t.co/riF7wqh1XV
— Jack Patterson (@JPattersonTV) March 18, 2023
Even Antonio Brown, whose own antics were paralleled to what Williams did, had a reaction to it.
— AB (@AB84) March 18, 2023
It will certainly be interesting to see how NASCAR and the Xfinity Series respond to Williams’ move. They’re probably not going to look too kindly on the maneuver during a race, but plenty of fans seem to love the bravado on display.