NASCAR: Replacement confirmed for suspended driver

Alex Labbe is set to replace Josh Williams at DGM Racing in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Circuit of the Americas amid Williams’ suspension.

NASCAR announced on Tuesday that they have suspended Xfinity Series driver Josh Williams for one race, Saturday’s Pit Boss 250 presented by USA Today at Circuit of the Americas, after he caused a scene during this past Saturday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Williams’ No. 92 DGM Racing Chevrolet had been damaged in a three-car incident early in the race, and the team attempted to tape the damage. However, debris from the car resulted in another caution, at which point NASCAR ordered Williams to the garage.

Williams adhered to the order to “park it”, but he did so at the start/finish line, not in the pits. He got out of his car, waved to the crowd, and walked across the infield to his pit stall.

Series officials met with the 29-year-old Port Charlotte, Florida native after the race. Many have voiced their support for Williams after the controversial incident, and his social media following has more than doubled since Saturday.

That said, the Xfinity Series Rule Book does give NASCAR the right to order a car off the track, so they weren’t “making it up as they went” when they made that decision, hence the ensuing suspension.

Willams was officially suspended due to being found in violation of Sections 4.3.A; 4.4.B & D; 8.7.6: NASCAR Member Code of Conduct and In-race Violations for disobeying a NASCAR request.

DGM Racing have confirmed that Alex Labbe is set to replace Josh Williams in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Circuit of the Americas.

Labbe, who has historically been strong in Xfinity Series road course races, has competed for DGM Racing since 2018, though he has not competed full-time since 2021.

The 29-year-old Canadian has only attempted one race with the team so far this year at Daytona International Speedway, and he failed to qualify for that race. He competed in the races at Auto Club Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway for RSS Racing.

Tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET this Saturday, March 25 for the live broadcast of the Pit Boss 250 presented by USA Today from Circuit of the Americas. Begin a free trial of FuboTV now if you haven’t already done so!