NASCAR: Xfinity Series driver parks car on track during race in protest of NASCAR officiating

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Josh Williams was unhappy with NASCAR’s instruction during Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Atlanta. (via Fox Sports 1)

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Josh Williams stops his car on track and walks into the field for his team’s pit stall after NASCAR ordered him to park his car during Saturday’s race in Atlanta.

Williams was involved in a wreck in the early stages of the race and made pit stops for his team to repair the damage. But by the time Williams returned to the track to rejoin the race, debris from his car flew onto the track and caused NASCAR to call another caution.

Race control then told Williams and his team that he had been disqualified from the race due to the caution for debris and that he needed to park his car. So an incredulous Williams decided to make a dramatic exit from the race rather than drive his car to its pit stall.

Don’t worry, the race was under caution when Williams stopped his car on the track and went into the field. But it’s a move that’s likely to draw rebuke from NASCAR. The sanctioning body has rules governing the way drivers must exit their cars while on track and Williams’ exit was a clear breach.

Williams is in his eighth season in NASCAR’s second-tier series and has spent much of his career driving for underfunded teams. He has eight top-10 finishes in 159 career starts.