Joey Logano wins Goodyear 400 as William Byron brands him an ‘idiot’ and ‘moron’ for late bump

William Byron seemed destined to keep up his team’s dominant start to the season, until a late bump from Joey Logano completely turned the tables at a dramatic Goodyear 400.

Byron qualified for the race in ninth, but as the action unfolded, he put himself in prime position for victory at Darlington Raceway. 

The 24-year-old took the lead from Joey Logano in controversial fashion as he squeezed his rival against the wall on the final restart. From that point on, it was clear that Logano would do anything necessary to regain that lead.

As the race approached its conclusion, the Team Penske driver did just that as he bumped into the back of Byron, sending him into the wall on turn three of the penultimate lap.

NASCAR Cup Series drivers William Byron (24) and Joey Logano (22) battle during the Daytona 500

Logano went on to claim victory, but the 2018 NASCAR champion was greeted with a chorus of boos from the South Carolina crowd.

The bump proved costly for Byron who dropped to 13th in the standings. Unsurprisingly, the Hendrick Motorsports driver was livid with his rival, branding him an "idiot" in his post-race interview.

He told FOX NASCAR: "I mean, we were really close off of (Turn) two, and I think it spooked him and got him tight, and he was right against the wall and I got the lead.

"He's just an idiot. He does this stuff all the time. I've seen it with other guys.

Looking back at the late incident, Byron added: "He drove in there 10 miles an hour too fast, and with these Next Gen cars, he slammed me so hard it knocked the whole right side off the car and no way to make the corner.

"Yeah, he's just a moron. He can't win a race so it does it that way."

NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano

Logano had a different take on the events, saying: "I don't know if he meant to get into me and fence me, but he did and at that point I felt like it was game-on.

"I was able to get back to him there the last few laps, pushing really hard, and just knew that was my shot to win the thing and I had to take it."

The 31-year-old ended his 40 race winless drought with the result at Darlington Raceway. When asked about Byron's comments, he said: "There's something to be said for an angry race car driver.

"If someone's going to be willing to do that to you, then the gloves are off.

He added: "I've been called a lot of things, a lot worse than moron."

The series now moves on to Kansas Speedway where Kyle Busch will be looking to defend his crown.

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